Georgia & Estonia

(This week) Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is paying an official visit to Georgia. Estonian president was welcomed at the parliament on Georgia on Monday and met with Mikheil Saakashvili discussing the importance of cooperation on the way to democracy. Both presidents have condemned the Estonia-Russia monument row.

‘We condemn efforts aiming at causing instability, which affects democratic processes. We must not accept this,’ Saakashvili said at the briefing which the two presidents held after a tête-à-tête meeting, adding Europeans were also supporting Estonia in its positions as protection of democratic processes there was of great importance.

Georgian president said everything should be done to facilitate formation of democratic society in Estonia, believing every citizen of Georgia was supporting the friend country and its sovereignty. Saakashvili has also thanked Estonia for its support to Georgia in the process of NATO integration.

Estonian president in his turn thanked Georgia for great support adding this visit to Georgia was serious honor for him.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves said he hoped those 45 businessmen who were participating in Georgian-Estonian business forum in Tbilisi, would invest serious funds in Georgia.
Estonian president spoke about the intensification of relations between Georgia and Estonia following the rose revolution, adding the two countries were facing similar obstructions. ‘The more democratic is the country, the more pressure it faces,’ Estonian president stated, adding that democratic countries should stand side-by-side and unite.

Estonian President arrived in Georgia today and will stay here until 8 May

taken from The Georgian Times on the Web

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