We have maintained very friendly relations with Georgia since its independence through high-level contacts. The Georgian government is grateful to us for our mediation while holding the Presidency of the European Union during the Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008: French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Minister travelled to Tbilisi on 12 August and 8 September 2008.
After his trips during the conflict in August 2008, former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Bernard Kouchner went to Georgia twice: on 9 and 10 October 2008 and 14 and 15 July 2010. On this occasion, he was received by President Mikheil Saakashvili and Foreign Affairs MinisterGrigol Vashadze.
Georgia’s highest authorities are received on a regular basis in France. President Saakashvili made an official visit to Paris on 6-9 June 2010. He was received by the French President, the Prime Minister, the Minister of State, the Minister of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea, responsible for Green Technologies and Climate Negotiations, and by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.
Georgia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Grigol Vashadze, visited Paris from 25 to 27 November 2009. He met with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and the Secretary of State for European Affairs and he was received by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of State for Reintegration, Mr.Temur Iakobashvili, has gone to Parisseveral times: on 2 December 2008 and 15 February 2010 to present the Georgian government’s strategy towards the populations of separatist entities. On this occasion, he was received by the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, as well as by the Secretary of State responsible for European Affairs. The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs met with Mr.Iakobashvili again in Paris on 25 June 2010 to review the Georgian government’s action plan for communities affected by the armed conflict in 2008.
Parliamentary relations are sustained: Mr.Poncelet, Senate President, went to Georgia in July 1999 and October 2001 and received his counterpart, Mr.Jvania, in January 1999, then again in December 1999 in the framework of his initiative for the Presidents of the Parliaments of the South Caucasus to meet. This experience was repeated on 4 November 2004. The friendship groups of the Senate and the National Assembly are also very active. In mid-September 2008, Senator Alain Gournac, President delegate for Georgia within the France-Caucasus group, went to Georgia. In addition, a twinning programme has been set up between the Kakheti region and the General Council of the Yonne. The President of Georgia’s Parliament, Mr.Davit Bakradze, went to France on 6 and 7 April 2010 and was received by the Senate President, Mr.Gérard Larcher, the Chairman of the National Assembly’s National Defence and Armies Committee, Mr.Guy Tessier, and the members of the parliamentary friendship group.
Updated on 25.11.10