ArmInfo.The diplomatic scandal between Armenia and Georgia in connection with the statements of the head of the Armenian Ministry of Health Arsen Torosyan continues to gain new momentum.
The Minister for Displaced Persons, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Yekaterina Tikaradze, responded to Torosyan's statements, who called such statements groundless.
"The statements of the Minister of Health of Armenia Armen Torosyan are unfounded and raise a number of questions. The statement of my Armenian colleague is devoid of any arguments," Tikaradze, adding that he plans to contact his Armenian counterpart on this issue.
"We had several telephone conversations at the time the epidemic started, and we consulted and compared the situation in our countries. If he had any questions, he could use this method of communication and we would answer these questions. There are some doubts and questions about what such a statement of my colleague is based on. We plan to contact him to find out more, "E. Tikaradze said.
As ArmInfo previously reported, referring to the pandemic situation in Armenia and Georgia, Torosyan stated that the anti-epidemiological system and healthcare in Georgia is different from the Armenian one, and not from the best side. "The Georgian healthcare and anti-epidemiological systems are significantly different from the Armenian, and not in a good way. Our anti-epidemiological system is stronger, and this is a fact," he said. The head of the Ministry of Health of Armenia believes that the small number of infections and deaths among patients with coronavirus in Georgia can be explained by shortcomings in terms of the methodology and quality of tests carried out in a neighboring country. He also added that among citizens who came from Georgia to Armenia, and in particular, among the truck drivers, many cases of COVID-19 infection were detected.
These reports were followed by an acute reaction from the medical establishment of Georgia. Senior health officials assured that the country's coronavirus statistics are completely transparent.
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani also spoke in fact, who said that through diplomatic channels the Georgian side demanded clarifications from the relevant government departments of Armenia. "Of course, to put it mildly, this was very incorrect in relation to a neighboring and friendly country, including from officials, from such high officials as the Minister of Health," the minister said.
Zalkaliani said that the Ministry of Health of Armenia passed its position through the Georgian Embassy in Yerevan and, on behalf of the Minister of Health, expressed regret that his statement, which was "incorrectly interpreted, upset Georgian colleagues". The Foreign Minister also recalled that Georgia's efforts in the fight against COVID-19 are highly appreciated by international partners, including the World Health Organization. "I want to believe that this was a misinterpretation of the media and this concern expressed by the Minister of Health of Armenia in a recent call to the embassy is sincere," Zalkaliani summed up.