Tbilisi: The Chairman of the Committee for Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia, Maia Bitadze met with the Irish Minister for European Affairs, Bitter Burke and the Minister for Trade Promotion, Dara Keller during the official visit of the Georgian parliamentary delegation in Dublin.The officials held discussions on various topics including the opening of Irish Embassy in Tbilisi.
During the meeting with Peter Burk, the Georgian delegates discussed the ongoing Russian aggression in Ukraine and its influence on the architecture of Europe and the Black Sea security, the possibilities of strengthening Europe’s energy security and the issues of Georgia’s integration into the EU.
A Special attention was paid to the importance of granting Georgia candidate status and implementing 12 EU recommendations.
“We provided the Minister of European Affairs with detailed information about the challenges in the region, the difficult situation in the occupied territories and Georgian foreign political priorities”, stated Bitadze.
Peter Burke stressed the importance of supporting the Republic of Ireland with Georgia’s EU candidate status in 2023. He also spoke about the reforms implemented by Georgia on the way to EU integration.
Peter Burke noted Ireland’s unwavering support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and noted that Ireland is in favor of the expansion of the European Union and will continue to support Georgia as an EU candidate to give Georgia the status of a country and to start accession negotiations.
At the meeting with the Irish Minister of Trade, the main issues of discussion were the strengthening of trade ties between Georgia and Ireland, the development of the Middle Corridor, the promotion of the implementation of Irish investments in Georgia and new economic and energy projects, alongside Irish Embassy in Tbilisi
During the talk, the importance of rapid development of the Middle Corridor as an alternative road connecting Europe and Asia, and on the key role of Georgia in this process was also discussed.
Also, the importance of the implementation of the transmission cable project connecting Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania and Hungary through the Black Sea was emphasized as a step forward for EU energy security and the need for further implementation of energy and infrastructure projects through Georgia.
The Irish ministers confirmed their strong support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and expressed their willingness to strengthen cooperation to accelerate Georgia’s EU accession and to promote sustainable economic development.
The Georgian delegates agreed that we will activate work in this direction in the coming months. It was also agreed that in June a high-level delegation of the Republic of Ireland will visit Georgia.