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Closer cooperation opportunities discussed by the President and Georgia's Speaker of Parliament

Tuesday, February 17, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus received Speaker of Georgia's Parliament Mr. David Bakradze on a visit to Lithuania.

The leader of Georgia's Parliament underlined in the meeting that support demonstrated by the people of Lithuania and the strong stance by President Adamkus in the difficult period of time for Georgia meant very much for Georgian people.

"You were among the leaders of freedom-loving countries and your being together was extremely important to us. We have realised we are not alone," Mr. Bakradze said.

According to the President of Lithuania, nobody doubts today that Georgia has been targeted by aggression that threatens its territorial integrity, political stability and the future of the country. The President welcomed resolute actions taken by the European Union to stop the aggression against Georgia, and underlined the importance of EU observer mission in this state.

"We are guided by the same principles and ideals of democracy, human rights, freedom, independence and territorial integrity," the President pointed out during the conversation.

The Speaker of Georgia's Parliament expressed hope that despite the change in governments Lithuania would maintain its value-based foreign policy and continue supporting Georgia.

In the meeting, Mr. Bakradze described briefly to the President of Lithuania the ongoing structural, social and economic reforms in Georgia. According to Mr. Adamkus, it is very important that reforms in this complicated period of time are implemented, first and foremost, to the benefit of Georgian people, which will help Georgia on its path of euro-atlantic integration.

Among other issues discussed in the meeting was the opportunities for the development of economic cooperation between Lithuania and Georgia. The Head of State underlined a number of Lithuanian investors were already implementing business projects in Georgia, and expressed hope Lithuania's business would be further actively involved in implementing road infrastructure improvement and other projects in Georgia.  

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