On 26-29 January 2016, the delegation of the Georgian Foreign Ministry, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania, participated in the 28th ordinary session of the African Union Executive Council held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In the frames of the session, the Georgian delegation held bilateral meetings, during which discussions focused on the issues relating to the bilateral and multilateral relations and to the further enhancement of co-operation between Georgia and the countries of Africa.
The Georgian delegation made special mention of the growing potential of co-operation in different directions, including, political, trade and economic, education and cultural spheres. The Georgian delegation informed the representatives of the African countries on the existing safety environment and heavy humanitarian situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and along the occupation line; on the current situation of IDPs and refugees and their safe and dignified return. All participant countries reaffirmed their unequivocal support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
The Georgian delegation also informed the heads of the delegations on the institutional reforms carried out in Georgia; a whole number of states took interest in sharing Georgia’s positive experience.
A meeting with Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, Dr. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi was also held. Talking points included the enhancement of co-operation with the African Union Secretariat. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi discussed the key document of the African Union – Agenda 2063 and future working plans and focused on the reforms carried out by Georgia in the sphere of Good Governance.
The two sides expressed their readiness to map out the future joint activities.