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Foreign Minister of Finland visits Georgia

On 3 April 2012, the Finnish Foreign Minister, Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, paid a working visit to Georgia as part of his tour of the South Caucasus. During a meeting held between Mr. Tuomioja and his Georgian counterpart, Mr. Grigol Vashadze, the two Foreign Ministers noted with pleasure that the year 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries. The Ministers discussed priority issues concerning bilateral and multilateral co-operation between Georgia and Finland with a special focus on the importance of the need to deepen trade-economic relations. Discussions also concentrated on the issue of Georgia's integration into European structures, for which Mr. Tuomioja pledged his support. Mr. Tuomioja also welcomed the effective implementation of the agreements on a simplified visa regime and on readmission as well as the prospect of launching a visa dialogue before the summer of 2012. Mr. Tuomioja was given exhaustive information on the democratic reforms underway in Georgia, on the situation in Georgia's occupied territories, on Georgian-Russian relations and on the situation in the wider region. Talking points also included developments on the international arena. Following the official meeting, the two Ministers held a joint press conference. At the Georgian Parliament, Mr. Tuomioja held a meeting with the Vice-Speaker of Parliament as well as with representatives of the Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Tuomioja is also due to meet the State Minister on Reintegration Issues, Mrs. Eka Tkeshelashvili, and representatives of the EU Monitoring Mission and members of various political parties during his visit.


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