Foreign Minister hints at Georgia visa deal for Riga Summit

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With only a week to go before Latvia's Presidency of the European Union reaches its climax at the Riga Summit on May 21-22, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on Wednesday hinted Georgia could walk away from the meeting with something substantial tucked in its pocket.

Rinkēvičs met with the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Tamar Beruchashvili on 13 May in Antalya, to discuss preparations for the summit which will see leaders of EU and Eastern Partnership countries jetting into Riga along with scores of international media.

“Only a week remains in advance of the Riga Summit, and partners are already engaged in an intensive discussion on the text of the Riga Declaration," Rinkēvičs said.

"The Summit Declaration must retain strong language in regard to the eastern partners’ efforts and the progress achieved. The Riga Summit will be a mobility summit offering practical benefits to our partners, including Georgia.

"Therefore, Georgia’s progress with the implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan ought to be fully appreciated at the Riga Summit,” Rinkēvičs said.

He also congratulated Beruchashvili on her re-appointment to the post of Foreign Minister.

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