Turkish FM: a powerful Georgia contributes to stability of Caucasus

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey attached a great importance to stability, prosperity and territorial integrity of Georgia and a powerful Georgia would contribute to stability of Caucasus.

Davutoglu and his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze had a meeting in capital Ankara and held a joint press conference.

Davutoglu defined Turkish-Georgian relations as “very sound strategic relations” and the two countries had close neighborly ties.

Turkey and Georgia had a comprehensive economic cooperation and Turkey was the biggest trade partner of Georgia, he said.

Turkish companies’ investments in Georgia exceeded 500 million U.S. dollars, Davutoglu said.

Adjara region has been playing an important role of bridge between the two countries, he noted.

Davutoglu said Vashadze and he discussed Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform in the meeting and they aimed to turn into Caucasus into a new stability, prosperity and security area with this platform.

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway projects were the ones supporting regional cooperation and Turkey would keep supporting these projects, he said.

Vashadze said they also discussed NATO-Georgia and NATO-Turkey relations in the meeting.

Turkey fully supported territorial integrity of Georgia, he said.

Vashadze added that Turkey was a bridge linking Georgia to Europe.

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