Georgia, Tbilisi, September 6/Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
The Foreign Ministers of the Benelux countries met with Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The delegation included the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Didier Reynders, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timerman and Deputy Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Migration Jean Aselborn.
After meeting with the Prime Minister, The Foreign Ministers of the Benelux countries met with their Georgian counterpart Maya Pandzhikidze.
The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked the guests for support to the territorial integrity of Georgia and its integration to European and Euro-Atlantic structures.
According to her, it is the first time that the Benelux countries visit Georgia in this format.
"During the meeting we discussed bilateral relations, political situation in the country and current processes, the upcoming presidential elections and the preparations for the Vilnius summit," Pandzhikidze said
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders called the presidential elections of 2013 and the local elections of 2014 the important event for Georgia. He stressed that Belgium supports Georgia's democratic development.
"We understand the importance of signing an agreement on association and free trade with the EU, which will be held at the Vilnius summit. Regarding relations with Russia, we know what war is. If there is a conflict, our strategy as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs is their solution by diplomatic means, and we are here to support Georgia," Reynders said.
In turn, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timerman assured that his country will assist Georgia in economic development and creating new jobs.
"Georgia is committed to closer relations with the European Union and we want to be your partners in this process," he said.
Within 2-day visit the Foreign Ministers of the Benelux countries will also meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, the representatives of the Parliament and civil society.
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