Rubin: We look forward to very close partnership

28 ნოემბერი 2012

The meeting was held at State Chancellery of Georgia. Richard Boyce Norland, United States Ambassador to Georgia also participated in the meeting. From the Georgian side, the meeting was also attended by Mr. Zurab Abashidze, Georgian Prime-Minister’s Special Envoy for Relations with Russia and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

As Eric Rubin told journalists after the meeting, the sides discussed priorities of conflict resolution efforts and improvement of the conditions of conflict-affected people.

"During our meeting we discussed all the priorities that we share on resolution of the conflicts, on the people who have been affected by the conflicts or Georgia’s relations with its neighbors and the hope of improving these relations. I trust our strong support for Georgia’s position on its territorial integrity and sovereignty, a strong support for Georgia’s efforts to establish contact with the population in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and our readiness to work very closely with the Georgian government to further its objectives in Geneva, here and in Washington. It was pleasure to have the opportunity to have this discussion. We look forward to very close partnership working together to advance all these objectives in the following months." Said Deputy Assistant Secretary.

In his turn, Mr. Paata Zakareishvili said the meeting was "useful", because, as he said, the United States is Georgia’s leading strategic partner, a friendly country. According to the State Minister’s position, consultations with the US side and recommendations coming from them are important to Georgia.

"These consultations are very important as they are held before the following round of Geneva discussions, in which the new administration of Georgia will participate for the first time. Thus, it was important for us to talk about those issues that will be discussed at the following round of Geneva Talks. We also confirmed that we fully support the format of Geneva discussions and the new authorities of Georgia are ready to add more dynamism to this process. As we strongly believe in Western support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and for the non-recognition policy, we are ready for new moves that will facilitate strengthening of Georgian-Abkhazian, Georgian-Ossetian dialogue and move Georgian-Russian relations forward to a new level"- stated Paata Zakareishvili.

State Minister answered journalists’ questions. To the question on what the Minister thought about the information being spread, according to which, the de-facto Abkhazian government may not allow International Committee of the Red Cross and an NGO Doctors Without Borders to work in Abkhazia, Paata Zakareishvili put the reliability of this information under question.

"Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are serious organizations and I doubt that the Abkhazian side will reject these organizations. A don’t think that this information has a real ground", - said State Minister.

On the last question on whether there was any discussion at the meeting with the Ambassador of Azerbaijan about the establishment of the railway link through Abkhazia, Paata Zakareishvili answered that this topic is already closed.

"At the meeting with Ambassador there was no discussion of this topic. The railway issue has been closed after the Abkhazian side did not express any interest in this issue",-said Paata Zakareishvili