Polish, Georgian Presidents sign declaration on deepening cooperation
The importance of NATO’s open door policy and the need to take another step in Georgia's quest to join the Alliance were emphasised by the presidents of Poland and Georgia, Andrzej Duda and Giorgi Margvelashvili in a declaration adopted on Tuesday in Tbilisi, Georgia.
A document commemorating the 25th anniversary of establishing Polish-Georgian diplomatic relations underlined that Poland fully supports Georgian aspirations for membership of the European Union and NATO.
Both presidents agreed to continue cooperation in strengthening Euro-Atlantic security in line with the provisions of the NATO Summit in Warsaw.
Georgia emphasised in the declaration that it appreciated Polish efforts to promote Georgian NATO membership and Poland's initiatives to bring Tbilisi closer to the European Union.
Both sides stated that the association agreement between Georgia and the EU was not "the ultimate goal of Georgian cooperation with the European Union". "Recognising Poland's unique contribution to the Eastern Partnership, we remain committed to fully exploit the potential of this initiative and to further develop relations between the EU and Georgia," the document reads.
The declaration also stressed the significance of the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels. The presidents agreed that a prospect of further EU cooperation within the Eastern Partnership should be set for each of the Partnership's countries, taking into account its level of involvement.
The Eastern Partnership is an EU project under way since 2008 and aimed at deepening cooperation with Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The project was initiated by Poland and Sweden.
The two presidents emphasised that close relations between the two countries go beyond the last 25 years and are deeply rooted in history. Poland was one of the several countries where Georgia established its diplomatic mission after regaining its independence from the Russian Empire.
The declaration recalled the words of the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who during a visit to Tbilisi on August 12, 2008 said: "We are here to express our solidarity".
President Kaczynski organised a trip to Georgia during the 2008 war with Russia in South Ossetia, attended by the then presidents of Ukraine: Viktor Yushchenko , Lithuania - Valdas Adamkus, Estonia - Toomas Ilves and Prime Minister of Latvia Ivars Godmanis. It was a gesture of solidarity with Georgia.
President Lech Kaczynski was killed in the April 10, 2010 air disaster near Smolensk, western Russia, together with the First Lady, the last President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and dozens of senior government officials and military commanders. (PAP)