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The meeting of President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor and Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze focused on the parliamentary relations between the two countries and the development of democracy.

Nestor believes that Georgia and Estonia are good friends who are united by common interests, and events from their common history. Nestor congratulated his Georgian colleague on the inauguration of the new President of Georgia. At the same time, a new constitution that makes Georgia a parliamentary state entered into force. Nestor said that parliamentary democracy was the best system for government, as it takes into account different views.

Nestor added that for the development of democracy, Georgia had to involve civil society organisations in discussions when carrying out important reforms. He assured that Estonia continued to support Georgia in integration with the European Union and the implementation of the reforms necessary for that. In the field of security and defence, Nestor highlighted Georgia’s active participation in the activities of the NATO allies.  

Nestor and Chairperson of the Estonia-Georgia Parliamentary Group Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, who participated in the meeting, gave the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia an overview of the political situation and the organisation of the work of the Parliament in Estonia.

Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze thanked Estonia for supporting Georgia’s European Union and NATO aspirations, and emphasised that Georgia was motivated to become a European country. He said that the support of the Georgian people for the European Union remained high.

The meeting was followed by a discussion on the internal policy developments and foreign policy priorities of Georgia. Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson and Chairman of the National Defence Committee Hannes Hanso also participated in the discussion.

Photos of the meeting and the discussion.

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