President George Vella this morning met with Shalva Papuashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, presently on a visit to Malta.
Discussions focussed primarily on regional matters, with the two interlocutors observing that both Malta and Georgia are placed in turbulent regions, which to a large extent also shape their policies. In this respect, Speaker Papuashvili gave a detailed assessment of how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had a direct impact on the stability and security of Georgia also in light of the long-standing occupation by Russia of the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.
The exchanges also delved into the state of play and prospects of Georgia’s accession to the European Union. The Speaker listed several reforms undertaken by Georgia to further accelerate improvements of an economic and legislative nature. President Vella underlined Malta’s full support to the development of stronger ties between the EU and Georgia as well as to Georgia’s commitment to pursue a European path. The President commended and encouraged Georgia to implement an comprehensive reform process which will ultimately also be beneficial to the country and its people.
The two sides welcomed the sound bilateral relations between Malta and Georgia and expressed interest in building on the momentum gained over the past years.