ArmInfo. The development of special good-neighborly relations with Georgia has a key place in Armenia's foreign policy, on May 12 during a joint statement with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated.
According to Pashinyan, the age-old friendship of the peoples of Armenia and Georgia, as well as common values in the field of democracy, are a solid foundation on which the partnership between the two states is based. In addition, as Pashinyan pointed out, the Armenian community of Georgia is the bridge that connects the two countries even closer.
"Today, with Mr. Garibashvili, we had the opportunity to continue the constructive dialogue established with the government of Georgia. We touched upon the current cooperation and future prospects in the field of transport, energy and other important areas of the economy. It was decided to strengthen the emphasis on trade and economic ties," Pashinyan said.
As noted by the Acting Head of the RA Government, the Armenian side stressed the importance of increasing the productivity of regional transport communications and developing the potential of transit routes. They discussed issues of cooperation in the fields of science, high technology and education, measures taken to combat coronavirus.
The prime ministers of the two countries also touched upon regional security issues. Confidence was expressed that the Armenian-Georgian cooperation is the guarantor of regional stability.
Pashinyan expressed confidence that the Karabakh conflict can be finally resolved only within the framework of the process taking place under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group and on the basis of the principles they proposed. "I also expressed confidence that each conflict has its own specifics, and in this context, I attached importance to maintaining a balanced and constructive position on issues sensitive to the parties," he said.
Irakli Garibashvili is on an official visit to Armenia for the first time after being appointed prime minister. Garibashvili previously visited Armenia as Prime Minister of Georgia in 2014, as well as, as head of the defense department in 2020. Within the framework of the visit, a meeting is also envisaged with the acting Foreign Minister of the Republic Ara Aivazian. At the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex in Yerevan, Garibashvili will pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.