Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Political Relations

Diplomatic relations
Greece and Georgia established diplomatic relations in 1992. Greece has an Embassy in Tbilisi since 1995, within which a Consular Office operates since 1996. Georgia has an Embassy in Athens and a Consulate-General in Thessaloniki.    

Framework of Treaties
The main bi-lateral cooperation agreements are in the areas of culture, education, the economy, investments, transport, merchant marine, legal aid, customs, telecommunications, and consular issues.    

Political relations
Political relations between the two countries are based on Greece’s interest in maintaining strong ties with the strategic area of the South Caucasus and the Black Sea, and on Georgia’s interest in developing relations with the member-states of the European Union and NATO, as well as the traditional ties between the two peoples. Greeks have been present in Georgia since antiquity. Even today there is a considerable number of people of Greek descent in Georgia.    

In this area of former Soviet republics in the South Caucasus, where there are different and often conflicting interests, Greece maintains a balanced and constructive stance.    

Greece, together with her EU partners, supports the reforms of the Georgian government towards modernisation of the state, socio-economic development, consolidation of democratic institutions and the establishment of the rule of law. Greece supported the inclusion of Georgia along with other states in the South Caucasus in the European Neighbourhood Policy, in 2004, and promotes cooperation between the European Union and these countries.    

The two countries cooperate within the framework of international and regional organisations, such as the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, NATO, BSEC, according to principles of international law (respect of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states, peaceful resolution of differences, return of refugees to their homes, etc.), and the respect of United Nations Security Council Resolutions.    

Within the framework of her relations with Georgia, Greece is also seeking to improve the conditions of Georgian citizens of Greek descent, who live mainly in the Tsalka area, as well as the protection of their rights and property.

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