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Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Awards the Pericles Award to President Margvelashvili

As part of the state visit to the Hellenic Republic, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a meeting with the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr. Nikos Voutsis and members of the Parliament. Mr. Voutsis has awarded the highest parliamentary award, Pericles award to President Margvelashvili.
Georgian delegation members have briefed Mr. Voutsis and Greek lawmakers on Georgia's territorial problems and thanked them for Greece's unwavering support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. As noted, Georgia's occupation is a common European problem that requires joint efforts to be resolved.
As President Margvelashvili pointed out, Georgia further develops the strategic partnership with Greece that Georgian and Greek peoples, having similar geopolitical visions on the region's development, formed 15 centuries ago.
"Georgia's European choice was not made yesterday. It was made when Georgia and Greece, the former Byzantine Empire established similar visions of our countries' future and regional development.
I would like to thank you for your firm support of Georgia. In my language words ‘Greek' and ‘wise' have almost identical pronunciations and I truly see wise policy in Greek colleagues," President Margvelashvili said and welcomed dynamical development of inter-parliamentary relations and strategic cooperation between the two countries.
The meeting highlighted the importance of cooperation in multilateral parliamentary formats such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, NATO and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
The parties have discussed preparatory activities for the upcoming NATO Summit and underscored the firm support that Georgia receives from Greece in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration process. The Georgian party has also emphasized the important benefits that Georgian citizens receive as a result of visa-free movement regime and underlined the positive contribution of Greece in obtaining these benefits. 

Georgian state delegation having attended the meeting is comprised of Head of Administration of President Margvelashvili, Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, Secretary of the National Security Council, Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Advisor to President Margvelashvili for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, Political Secretary of President Margvelashvili, Ms. Pikria Chikhradze, Advisor to President Margvelashvili in Ethnic Minority Issues, Ms. Sophio Shamanidi and Ambassador of Georgia to the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Ioseb Nanobashvili.