TBILISI (ArmRadio)—The consistent reinforcement of close Armenian-Georgian relations is among the priorities of Armenia’s foreign policy, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian said at a joint press conference with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili after their meeting in Tbilisi on Wednesday.
“The fragile peace and stability in the South Caucasus is maintained largely due to the effective and strong cooperation between Armenia and Georgia. We have always respected each other’s decisions, aware that the primary goal of any of us is the strengthening of the state, and have rejoiced over this, as Armenia and Georgia are strong together,” President Sarkisian said.
“The political dialogue is the best impetus for boosting the economic cooperation. Concrete directions have already been outlined in the trade relations between the two counties, which include the energy sector, tourism, manufacturing of agricultural products and others. We have registered growth in the commodity turnover and I’m sure we have large unused reserves,” the President added.
During the meeting in Tbilisi, the leaders of the two countries referred to Armenia’s participation in Eurasian integration processes, particularly the prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation with Georgia in that context.
“I’m confident that by signing the Association Agreement with the EU on June 27 and becoming part of the Free Trade Agreement, Georgia will create opportunities for Armenian businessmen, who see their participation on the European market, to make investments in Georgia,” he said, adding that on the other hand, Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union will open opportunities for Georgian partners in the markets of the CU member states.
As for regional security, the Presidents of the two countries agree that the comprehensive settlement of conflicts is possible exceptionally in a peaceful way in line with the principles of international law.