Saakashvili says relations with Turkey is vital for Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec. 26 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
The existing relations between Georgia and Turkey have "vital importance" for Georgia, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said at a meeting with visiting Turkish delegation in Tbilisi, the Georgian President's Administrations told Trend on Monday.
The Turkish delegation included the representatives of ruling party of justice and development, as well as the representatives of Public republic party.
During the meeting of Georgian President and members of Turkish Grand National Assembly Saakashvili drew attention to relations between the two courtiers and joint projects. He mentioned the Free trade agreement signed between Georgia and Turkey, visa-free travel and noted importance of growing Turkish investments. Saakashvili particularly stressed bilateral relations existing between the two countries and leaders of the two countries.
"Bilateral relations are vital for Georgia," Saakashvili noted and once again stressed the importance of strategic relations with Turkey.
"Along with the impressive economic development through consistent and correct policy Turkey keeps more decisive position in the regional and world policies," Georgian President said. "Your country is the reliable partner of Georgia."
According to Saakashvili, "we have reached visa-free travel and citizens of Turkey and Georgia can cross the border only on the basis of identity, which is really a model for many countries in the world."
"The Batumi airport is in joint operation, like the Geneva airport which is jointly operated by France and Switzerland," Saakashvili noted. "This is also major precedent. I was in Batumi and saw there two airbuses - flights were implemented to Ankara and Istanbul at the same time. Not so long ago it was impossible to imagine. The daily flights are carried out, and several flights from Turkey to Batumi will be carried out per day shortly. This, in its turn, means movement of tourists, businessmen, and accordingly, cash flows. So, the human welfare will be enhanced in both directions."