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Georgia, Moldova sign key EU deals at summit

  • 2013-11-28
  • By Rayyan Sabet-Parry, VILNIUS

Georgia and Moldova have initialed key European Union association agreements during the Vilnius summit on Nov. 28.

Officials went through 1,000 pages of association agreement that would create stronger trade and travel ties with the European Union. 

Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman welcomed the signing of the documents.

"It symbolizes trust, cooperation and a forward looking feeling" she said.

"We believe a European Moldova is a much more attractive partner with everyone who we deal with, including Russia. We want to trade with the east and the west," she added.

The Minister added that its hoped that visa free travel for citizens could be implemented in the near future whilst a majority of Moldovans support integration with European Union.

Maia Panjikidze, Georgian Foreign Minister, meanwhile, said she hoped a full association agreement with the EU could be signed in September 2014.

"We were disappointed when Ukraine and Armenia left the club" said the Foreign Minister. 

"We see association agreement as a masterclub.The European Union is the choice of Georgian people."

Panjikidze also addressed the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. She said: "The European Union is a tool for re unification of the country. We hope pressure won't disturb plans for European integration."

Hundreds of officials are in Vilnius for key talks during the Eastern Partnership, Vilnius Summit on Nov. 28-29.