Lithuanian Prime Minister in Official Visit to Georgia
Author: Nino Sharashidze
Prime Minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkeviиius paid an official visit to Georgia on 25-27 January to discuss Lithuania-Georgia bilateral economic cooperation, transport and energy issues of mutual relevance, as well as Georgia’s integration into NATO and the European Union.
Butkeviиius started his visit on Sunday with a meeting with the Lithuanian community based in Georgia. The Prime Minister also met with the Patriarch of Georgia’s Orthodox Church, Ilia II. On behalf of the entire Church, the Patriarch extended greetings to Lithuania, pointing out the strong ties between the nations.
The Georgian spiritual leader drew attention to the fact that the restoration of the territorial integrity of the country has been a serious challenge not only for Georgia but also Georgia-Russia relations, and Russia itself. His Holiness Ilia II said that the risk of military conflict in the region will remain until the restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity is resolved.
“The international community’s role is particularly important in maintaining the territorial integrity of Georgia and decreasing tension in the country,” said the visiting Prime Minister.
According to the Lithuanian Prime Minister, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia has gained even larger importance in the context of the latest developments in Ukraine. The Prime Minister thanked the mission for their hard work and wished it success in further efforts.