Armenian, Georgian Prime Ministers Meet in Yerevan; Discuss Increasing Trade to $1 Billion

18:30, 10 September, 2018

The prime ministers of Armenia and Georgia met today in Yerevan and discussed the prospects of strengthening friendly relations during a private one-on-one conversation.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, and a delegation he heads, at his official residence in Yerevan.

According to an Armenian government press release, Pashinyan first congratulated Mamuka Bakhtadze on his election to the post in June 2018.

“I warmly recall my visit that I paid to Georgia after your election and I hope that the optimism that resulted from my visit will double due to your visit today," Pashinyan is reported to have said today.

The Armenian prime minister reiterated his proposal, introduced during his visit to Tbilisi, that relations between the two countries must be founded on the principle of mutual trust and the principle that neither country, or its people, intend to undermine the other.

Turning to foreign relations, Pashinyan stressed that the two countries must consider the unique nature of the region.

Mamuka Bakhtadze thanked Pashinyan for his warm reception and said that visiting Armenia is always a happy occasion for him.

“I believe that our relations, formed over the centuries, are very important. Our history isn’t starting from page one. It’s a centuries-old history that we are advancing,” said Bakhtadze.

The Georgian prime minister said his country has started on a long road of reforms, replete with challenges, and that the two governments could collaborate in this respect.

Turning to economic relations, Bakhtadze said that the $400 million trade volume between Armenia and Georgia is not sufficient given the underlying potential, and that measures must be taken to increase trade.

 Bakhtadze said the two governments work to increase trade to $1 billion.