Georgian president discusses policy of non-recognition of separatist regions with Panamanian counterpart
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 17 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili met with the President of Panama Ricardo Martinelli during the FAO Conference in Rome.
The main topics of discussion were the deepening of bilateral relations and the policy of non-recognition of the separatist regions, as well as the prospects for future cooperation, the Georgian presidential administration said on Monday.
Saakashvili again underscored how such meetings with the leaders of the countries of the UN are important. According to him, by having such close relations and diplomacy it is possible to prevent Russia's plans for achieving recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
From this point of view, Saakashvili called on the Georgian government to be more active and offered his help in deepening bilateral relations with other countries.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as being occupied territories.