Turkey, Georgia to mull development of economic ties 

Turkey and Georgia will discuss development of economic relations during the 2nd meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Turkey and Georgia, the Turkish Economy Ministry told Trend May 22.

Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim will today arrive in Georgia on a two-day visit to participate in the 2nd meeting of the Strategic Cooperation Council. The Turkish PM will be accompanied by Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci and other officials.

During the visit, the sides will exchange views on deepening the bilateral cooperation and mull preparation for signing of various documents, designed to contribute to the Turkey-Georgia partnership.

Binali Yildirim is also expected to hold talks with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and meet with Turkish entrepreneurs working in Georgia.

Georgian defense minister hails Turkey’s regional role

On the other hand, Georgian defense minister has underscored Turkey’s crucial support ahead of the fifth trilateral summit between Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The day-long summit begins on Tuesday in the Black Sea port city of Batumi.

Georgia considers Turkey, a NATO member, as its key strategic partner.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency ahead of the summit on Monday, Defense Minister Levan Izoria said: “Turkey is a strategic partner of Georgia.

“I am happy that Georgia’s neighbor is such a strong and supportive country of the region,” he said.

About the importance of having an alliance with Turkey, he said: “Reliable and strong partners [such as Turkey] in the region are of vital importance to us, especially when some parts of our soils are occupied by Russia.”

He also appreciated the logistics and technical support provided by Turkey to the country per annum.

Izoria said close ties in various areas, including defense, economics, energy, communication, education and culture were key goals of trilateral cooperation between Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

He said regional security would be among key issues that would be discussed during the trilateral summit.

“I am proud to say that Georgia will host the ‘Caucasian Eagle’ — an exercise program involving special forces of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey — and the ‘Ethernet’ — a computer training program for security personnel aimed at pipeline security,” he added.

He also said Georgia remains committed to the international community’s fight against terrorism.