Vice FM from Japan visits Tbilisi –


Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tarō Honda visited Georgia on May 3-4, where he met with Economy Minister Deputy Prime Minister Levan Davitashvili, Health Minister Zurab Azarashvili and Deputy FM Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili.

The high diplomat and the Georgian Minister of Economy during their meeting on May 4 reviewed the prospects for the development of bilateral economic relations, particularly in the fields of trade, energy, transport and communications.

“Japan has very great investment potential in Georgia,” Economy Minister Levan Davitashvili said after the meeting.

“We will work with specific Japanese companies,” he added, without giving further details.

In addition, the economy minister noted that the parties discussed Georgia’s transit potential, “which is becoming more and more attractive for Japanese companies to connect to Europe.”

The Japanese Foreign Ministry said the officials pledged to promote cooperation in efforts to combat climate change, including in the area of ​​renewable energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Also on May 4, Deputy FM Honda and Georgian Minister of Health Zurab Azarashvili attended a ceremony donating equipment worth $1.8 million by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. at the Republican Hospital in Tbilisi.

The assistance aims to strengthen the medical institution’s ability to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as support the development of its human resources, the Japanese foreign ministry said.

Earlier on May 4, Deputy FM Honda and Deputy FM Aleksandre Khvtisiashvili discussed the security environment in the world and in the South Caucasus region, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.

Speaking to his Georgian counterpart, the top Japanese diplomat denounced Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, pledged Japan’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and said Tokyo remains committed to support Tbilisi in its development efforts.

Also on May 4, the Japanese diplomat spoke with local businessmen, stressing that strengthening relations with Japan is a promising option as Georgian businesses begin to explore new markets under the Russian invasion of Ukraine, noted the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

Vice FM Honda arrived in Tbilisi from Yerevan and departed for Baku after finishing its journey in Georgia.

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