Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 3 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
The parliaments of Georgia and Sweden are planning to have a large-scale cooperation over the next 18 months. The representatives of all eight parliamentary parties of Sweden will arrive in Georgia and meet with the members of all parties represented in Georgia.
The cooperation will take place both between the parliaments as institutions, and individually - between parliament members, factions and committees.
This was agreed by the speakers of the legislature bodies of Georgia and Sweden - David Usupashvili and Per Westerberg at a meeting on Tuesday.
"Seven parties out of eight parties presented in the Swedish Parliament, that is, more than 90 percent, support the further expansion of the EU. They support the idea that new countries can become EU members if they meet certain criteria. Swedish Parliament pays great attention to the Eastern Partnership. Sweden together with Poland was the initiator of this partnership, so we support the development of cooperation with the former Soviet republics. I would like to quote the words of the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who said that if you want to feel protected and safe, your neighbours should be your friends, and you will feel secure and friendly when there will be an appropriate economic development in these countries," Westerberg said after the meeting.
Swedish parliament's delegation is in Georgia with a three-day visit.
It will meet with Georgian Prime Minister, President, the parliamentary opposition and the Patriarch of Georgia.
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