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Speaker of Parliament visits Finland and Sweden – Civil.ge

Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, Shalva Papuashvili, continues his official visit to Scandinavia by meeting with Finnish and Swedish officials.

While in Finland on June 15, President Papuashvili meet with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister for European Affairs and Shareholding Tytti Tuppurainen.

The Finnish government tweeted after the meeting that concerned discussions “Georgia’s approach to the EU and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine”.

The Georgian President also discussed regional challenges and European integration with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. In the tweet after the meeting, the Finnish Foreign Ministry reiterated Finnish support for the territorial integrity of Georgia.

President Papuashvili also spoke with Matti Vanhanen, Speaker of the Finnish Parliament, to discuss bilateral parliamentary relations and Georgia’s European aspirations.

While in Finland, the President had the opportunity to speak at a conference organized by the Paasakivi Society, which brings together Finnish civil society organisations.

Discuss Georgia’s EU candidacy and insist that just as Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova applied for EU candidacy for geopolitical reasons, the answer should be on the same base. “If the EU doesn’t hold the line now, Russia will interpret it as a green light for more aggression,” he said. Noted.

Meetings in Sweden

In Sweden, on June 16, President Papuashvili meet with his counterpart Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, where the importance of strengthening inter-parliamentary links was underlined. He sharp Sweden’s important contribution to the democratic and institutional development of Georgia.

The President went on to to encounter with Jenny Olhsson, Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, where bilateral relations and expanding cooperation were the main topics of discussion.

On June 17, President Papuashvili meet with Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist to discuss Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as Sweden’s NATO candidacy.

The parties also discussed the challenges posed by Russian aggression in Ukraine and the importance of obtaining international security guarantees.

In Sweden, Papuashvili also had the opportunity to to encounter with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The President was accompanied by the ruling Georgian Dream MPs Nikoloz Samkharadze, Maka Botchorishvili and Maia Bitadze, as well as the opposition MP Girchi Hermann Szabo.

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