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The President of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma met the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili at Toompea castle this evening. At the meeting, the reforms underway in Georgia and the economic development within the context of both the European Union and NATO, as well as the Estonia-Georgia cooperation and parliamentary ties were discussed.

Ene Ergma stressed that Georgia continues to be one of the priority countries of the foreign and security policy and the development cooperation of Estonia. Georgia’s approaching to the Euro-Atlantic structures largely depends on the reforms and the administrative capacity in Georgia. In view of the lessons of the recent history, Georgia has no serious alternative to Euro-Atlantic integration. She also welcomed Georgia’s accelerated development towards the state based on the rule of law and the fight against corruption.

The President of Georgia thanked the Riigikogu for its support during the Russian-Georgian conflict and on the international arena. He also gave an overview of the reforms which are being carried out in the country, and the movement towards the European Union and NATO.

Among others, Chairman of the Estonia-Georgia Parliamentary Group of the Riigikogu Andres Herkel and Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Enn Eesmaa participated in today’s meeting.

Immediately after the meeting with the President of the Riigikogu, the President of Georgia bestowed the Order of Saint George, the highest order of Georgia, on Member of the Riigikogu Mart Laar in the White Hall. The order was awarded to Laar for supporting the Georgia’s economy and democratic reforms, as well as for protecting Georgia’s interests on the international arena.
The Riigikogu Press Service