Saakashvili visits İstanbul after talks with Sarksyan

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in İstanbul for a short visit on Monday. İstanbul Deputy Governor Ahmet Aydın greeted Saakashvili at İstanbul Atatürk Airport. According to the report, Saakashvili is expected to meet with a group of businessmen before leaving Turkey.

Saakashvili’s visit followed his meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan in the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi over the weekend. Both leaders said on Sunday that they had agreed to further deepen the “already close ties” between the two countries.

Following his meeting with Sarksyan, Saakashvili also said they agreed “to integrate” the economies of the two countries. “We are two small countries, and we need each other. … I am sure our relations will be further deepened,” Saakashvili said.

During his Feb. 11 visit to Turkey, Georgian Parliament Speaker David Bakradze said cooperation between Georgia and Turkey, which is “a guarantee of stability” in the region, should be “an example” for other countries, while asking Ankara to play a role in solving the Abkhaz and South Ossetian problems.

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