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Information on the meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Kingdom of Sweden

On 5 April 2008 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Bakradze met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden Carl Bildt.

The sides discussed the issues of bilateral relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Sweden and prospects for future cooperation. Special attention was focused on the importance of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of tourism, economy and justice. The Ministers emphasized the necessity of expansion of the bilateral legislative basis. The sides agreed to conclude work in the near future on intergovernmental agreements on the protection and promotion of investments, avoidance of double taxation and fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, as well as readmission agreement.   

The Ministers focused on prospects for the development and strengthening of cooperation with the European Union. Mr. Bildt underlined the importance of the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan (ENP AP) in terms of Georgia’s further integration with Europe and pledged full support in this direction.

Discussions focused on the issues of Georgia’s further integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures. The sides exchanged views on the outcome of the NATO Summit in Bucharest and the importance of the adopted decisions.

The Georgian Foreign Minister briefed his Swedish counterpart on the President of Georgia’s new initiatives concerning resolution of the conflicts.

Mr. Bakradze updated Mr. Bildt on the processes currently taking place in Georgia, including on the preparatory works leading up to parliamentary elections in May.

Talking points included, among others, relations with the neighbouring states and the international issues of topical importance.

Following the meeting the sides held a joint press conference.

5 April 2008

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