State visit of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili to the Hellenic Republic has begun with official reception at the Presidential Palace of President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, following which the two presidents held a face-to-face meeting.
President Margvelashvili has invited his counterpart to Georgia to celebrate the country's 100th anniversary of independence on May 26.
The two presidents have discussed prospects of further strengthening historic and strategic ties and bilateral cooperation between Georgia and Greece. Conversation focused on regional cooperation formats and security issues.
President Margvelashvili has briefed President Pavlopoulos on the current environment in the occupied territories of Georgia, while President Pavlopoulos, for his part, has reaffirmed his unwavering support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-recognition policy of occupied territories, and European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
President Margvelashvili has thanked his counterpart for supporting Georgia's EU and NATO integration and taking a firm stand on the non-recognition policy. He has emphasized the historic and political choice of Georgia and Greece and the importance of strategic relations between the two countries.
President Margvelashvili has also thanked the Greek people and the Hellenic Government for providing assistance and shelter to thousands of Georgians in Greece during economic hardships.
President Pavlopoulos has underlined Giorgi Margvelashvili's personal contribution to the dynamic development of Georgia-Greece relations during his term as the Minister of Education and underscored the importance of educational projects implemented by President Margvelashvili.