Antonescu: Romania supports Georgia in EU, NATO accession process

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Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu on Monday after the meeting with Georgia's Parliament Speaker David Usupashvili reaffirmed Romania's support for Georgia's accession process to the European Union and NATO.

"I reiterated once again Romania's full political support at the parliamentary and governmental level for Georgia's bid, a support expressed in all the necessary ways by Romania as a EU and NATO member state," Crin Antonescu said at the Parliament Palace.

Antonescu stressed that the topics tackled during the meeting included the need to widen and develop the two countries' economic relations.

"We discussed about the need and urgency to widen and develop the existing economic relations, with Georgia being Romania's most important economic partner in the South Caucasus area. We also held talks on Romania fully supporting Georgia at the parliamentary level in its effort to carry out reforms, including regarding the legislation considering its bid to join the EU. We voiced conviction that EU's closer monitoring on this region's areas facing prolonged conflicts, including areas from Georgia, is necessary and we received an explicit message from our guests thanking us and voicing interest in concrete steps being taken in this respect. It's clear to all of us that this area is complicated from the geopolitical viewpoint and I believe that all these contacts can further improve the relations between two countries sharing common historical experiences and a common vision for the future," Antonescu said.

Speaker of the Georgian Parliament David Usupashvili said the decision of the Georgian society to move closer to the EU and NATO is very firm.

"(...) The decision of the Georgian society is very firm, unshakeable, and this was proved during the elections held over the years, in which all political parties, regardless of their position, supported Georgia's moving closer to EU and NATO. Unfortunately, not all the representatives worldwide agree that Georgia has the right to freedom of choice, not everyone thinks this way. For this reason, areas of Georgia's territory are currently under occupation, that is why we are going through this hard experience of struggles, difficulties placed in the way of Georgia's struggles to become a EU and NATO member. Fortunately, in the same world we also have friends such is Romania. We are sure that together we shall find solutions to problems, not only to this one, and that we will have a prosperous future in the 21st century," Usupashvili said. AGERPRES

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