Italy supports the “sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Georgia, its movement towards the EU and NATO, in the wake of a “sound friendship” between our two Countries. This is what Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said after a meeting with his Georgian counterpart, Mr Mikheil Janelizde, during the first stop on his mission to Southern Caucasus.
On this basis, said Gentiloni, we need to strengthen the economic relationships that can already count on a “significant” exchange that makes Italy Georgia’s third-largest EU partner. Our strategy must aim at “supporting our companies operating in this country in the energy, infrastructure, agro-food and tourism sectors” and at the same time “make our Country known, and this will happen through a business forum scheduled to take place in Italy next year”. Georgia, among other things, can become the “launching pad towards other promising Asian markets”, Gentiloni pointed out. Today and tomorrow he will also be visiting Azerbaijan and Armenia: two other markets that are considered to be important for Italy and not only to assure its energy supplies.