Holding a joint press conference with Prime Minister Gakharia of Georgia, President Erdogan said: We continue our efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Black Sea, our common sea, with contributions from Georgia, as well. Besides our military contacts, we want closer relations to be established between Turkish defense firms and Georgia.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia of Georgia held a joint press conference following their meeting at the Presidential Complex.
Thanking Prime Minister Gakharia of Georgia for visiting Turkey at his invitation, President Erdogan congratulated Mr. Gakharia on his new duty as prime minister.
Stressing his full confidence that Georgia will continue to develop under the leadership of Prime Minister Gakharia and that the Turkish-Georgian relations will grow stronger, President Erdogan stated that on the agenda of their meeting were the historical ties between the two countries as well as the opportunities Turkey and Georgia enjoy since they are neighbors and have common values.
OUR RELATIONS WITH GEORGIA STRENGTHEN IN EVERY AREA
Noting that there was some hiatus in the Turkey-Georgia relations at the strategic partnership level but that the foreign ministers were instructed today to convene the Strategic Cooperation Council in the shortest time possible, President Erdogan said: Our relations with Georgia strengthen in every area from trade to tourism to energy to defense industry. I believe our strategic partnership will yield outcomes that benefit not only the two countries but the entire region.
Describing the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line as a step of historic importance, President Erdogan stressed that the railway introduces a new means that interconnects the three friendly countries with one another. President Erdogan said: The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway serves as an important section that lies at the heart of the line extending from London to Beijing. Let me, however, add that our ties with Georgia mean more than pipelines and railways.
WE WILL INCREASE OUR TRADE VOLUME TO $3BILLION
Referring to the visa-free regime Turkey and Georgia introduced in 2011, President Erdogan stated that crossings between the two countries are permitted without passports. The President continued as follows: We are very happy since Turkey, whose citizens can travel to Georgia just by showing their IDs, is Georgia's biggest trade partner. We reconfirm our will to maintain and further strengthen our cooperation on the basis of common benefit and mutual respect. During today's talks, we have reiterated our determination to rapidly boost our bilateral trade volume from $1.5 billion at the end of 2018 to $3 billion. We will take the necessary steps to make better use of our potential by facilitating the bilateral trade between Turkey and Georgia and will therefore further consolidate our cooperation. The Turkey-Georgia Mixed Economic Commission Meeting, which we are to hold soon in Ankara, will offer an important opportunity in this regard.
Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey