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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia paid an official visit to the Republic of Finland

On 22 April 2009, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze paid an official visit to the Republic of Finland.

In the framework of the visit, the Georgian Foreign Minister held meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland Alexander Stubb, Minister of Migration and European Affairs Astrid Thors, Finnish President's diplomatic adviser Alex Harkonen and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen.

At the meeting the sides discussed prospects for the strengthening of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the Republic of Finland and Georgia.

Mr. Vashadze expressed gratitude to the Finnish side for its unconditional support for Georgia's territory integrity and integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

Discussions focused on the close cooperation between Georgia and Finland in order to facilitate Georgia's rapprochement with the European Union. The Finnish side reaffirmed its readiness to activate support, assistance and experience-sharing in such important directions as conclusion and implementation of EU-Georgia visa facilitation and readmission agreements; launching negotiations with a view to concluding agreement on comprehensive free trade; prospects for concluding agreement on associating and cooperation within East Partnership Programme.

The sides made a special emphasis on the necessity of development of trade and economic relations between the two countries. Particular emphasis was laid on the importance of activation of Finnish companies from the point of increase of investments in Georgia.

At a meeting the sides discussed the current situation in Georgia and underlined the role of international organizations in the process of strengthening security and stability in Georgia. Discussions also focused on the situation on the occupied territories of Georgia.

In the framework of the visit, Mr. Vashadze delivered a lecture at the Research Centre of Helsinki University "Aleksanteri Institute". His remarks focused on the Russian-Georgian war and the situation resulting the reform.

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