Kvirikashvili speaks at OSCE Parliamentary Assembly: “Visa-free travel will signify EU’s strong support of Georgia”

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili says granting visa-free travel to the Schengen Zone for Georgia will be a signal of the European Union’s (EU) “strong support for Georgia” and “a huge stimulus” for the country to continue on its Euro-Atlantic path and strive to achieve more success in the future.

Kvirikashvili spoke about Georgia’s European aspirations in front of more than 700 guests at the annual Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA), which is taking place in Tbilisi from July 1-5.

 Georgia’s high official stressed the importance of Georgia gaining visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen Zone, and this was “one of the top issues” in the Georgia-EU recent agenda. Kvirikashvili said Georgia had “big expectations” for being granted a visa waiver and hoped the official process would be completed soon.

Granting visa-free travel for Georgia will be a signal of the EU’s strong support for Georgia and a huge stimulus for us. On one hand our people will feel that their European choice provides very definite benefits, and on the other hand, visa liberalisation will allow us to better share the best European achievements and values through undisturbed travel,” said Kvirikashvili.

He adamantly said Europe was “a very clear choice” of the Georgian people and everyone knew it was the “best way for the country’s democratic development, security, peace and welfare”.

In this context Kvirikashvili briefly mentioned the recent separation of the United Kingdom from the EU and said “despite the existing challenges, the EU’s power and strength will increase in the future”. 

Source: http://agenda.ge

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