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EU High Representative supports prompt start of negotiations on free trade with Georgia

Georgia Materials 30 September 2011 00:32
At a meeting with President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on Thursday, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton expressed support for the prompt start of negotiations on free trade with Georgia, Georgian ambassador to the EU Salome Samadashvili told Georgian reporters following the meeting in Warsaw.
EU High Representative supports prompt start of negotiations on free trade with Georgia

Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 30 /Trend, N.Kirtskhalia/

At a meeting with President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on Thursday, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton expressed support for the prompt start of negotiations on free trade with Georgia, Georgian ambassador to the EU Salome Samadashvili told Georgian reporters following the meeting in Warsaw.

"The High Commissioner also said that the EU is committed to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and will defend this position. This policy will be carried out in relation to third countries and the EU will require partner countries to implement it," she said.

Moreover, Ashton said that "the EU will continue its consistent policy of not recognizing the separatist regions of Georgia", said Samadashvili.

"Ashton has congratulated the President of Georgia with the reforms being undertaken in implementing the project of free trade, and expressed confidence that negotiations on this issue will begin between Georgia and the EU in the near future," said Samadashvili.

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