Sajjad Karim MEP met yesterday with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to discuss EU-Georgia and UK-Georgia relations, following UK Minister Alan Duncan MP’s visit to Tbilisi.
Meeting in Brussels the pair spoke about relations between their countries, as well as between Georgia and the European Union, including visa-free access to the 28 member bloc.
The main topic of conversation was, however, on Alan Duncan MP’s visit to the Georgian capital. The Foreign Office Minister for Europe and the Americas, visited Georgia last week to take part in annual bilateral talks about reforms and security, known as the Wardrop Dialogue.
One result of the discussions was a promise by the UK government to support Georgia’s democracy reforms with £4.5 million over the next year.
Speaking on the meeting, Sajjad said:
“It was a great opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Kvirikashvili here in Brussels to discuss issues of mutual interest. They proved to be both fruitful and informative, and I am pleased that the UK government will be supporting Georgia in its necessary democratic reforms.
“I hope that we can develop the dialogue between our two countries, by moving forward in a productive and reasoned manner, and build upon the mutual values which underpin an increasingly strong bilateral relationship.”
Sajjad is Chair of the European Parliament’s influential Delegation to the South Caucasus and has been active over the years in promoting stability and good relations with the region, which includes Georgia.