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Political scientist Archil Sikharulidze called the visit of the Georgian Prime Minister to Turkey a message that Georgia is for the status quo in the South Caucasus

The Prime Minister of Georgia paid a one-day visit to Turkey, where he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the visit, the parties agreed to hold a meeting of the strategic council this year, within the framework of which trade, economic, energy, transport and other issues will be considered. At the meeting, the parties also agreed to further increase trade, partnership and cooperation.

“I just don’t know at what level we should deepen something. We are already very dependent on exports. We already cooperate with Turkey when it comes to many things … Turkey is already the main source of financial income in Adjara for 90%, it is already invested. There are certain heights that we have already reached. More than that, for me, a person who studies this issue, it is not clear where to integrate even more, “Sikharulidze said in an interview with Sputnik Georgia.

The political scientist also does not expect a major breakthrough in Georgian-Turkish relations. According to him, if Turkey is able to overcome the crisis due to the pandemic, then its financial involvement in the development of Batumi will increase.

Georgia and Turkey established diplomatic relations on May 21, 1992. The countries cooperate in the spheres of trade, economy, energy, regional security, education and consider each other as strategically important partners.

Turkey is Georgia’s largest trading partner. Foreign trade turnover with a neighboring country in the first quarter of 2021 increased by 3.7% compared to the same period last year and amounted to about $ 419 million – 15.1% of Georgia’s total foreign trade turnover.

Last year, Georgia and Turkey traded by about $ 1.6 billion, 12.2% less than in 2019. Despite this, Turkey was Georgia’s main trading partner in 2020.

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