RIGA - Latvia firmly supports Georgia's Euro-Atlantic Integration, including by providing practical assistance as part of NATO's cooperation program, President Egils Levits said on Wednesday during a meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze.
Justine Deicmane, head of the president's press office, told LETA that Burchuladze briefed the Latvian president on Georgia's active participation in multinational operations, including in Afghanistan, as well as the modernization of the Georgian armed forces. The talks between the Latvian president and the Georgian minister also touched on current geopolitical developments in Georgia's neighbor countries and the region.
The Latvian president indicated that Georgia's active involvement in multinational operations is a positive factor, promoting its efforts to integrate with European and transatlantic structures. The Georgian minister pointed out that public support for Euro-Atlantic Integration is strong in Georgia.
Burchuladze also informed Levits about the political situation in Georgia, with the Latvian president voicing hope that with the help of EU mediators, the Georgian government and opposition will manage to come to a mutually acceptable agreement.
Georgia has been in a political crisis since last October's parliamentary election. The Georgian Dream party as declared winner of the poll, but the opposition claims that the election was rigged and its representatives refused to take their seats in the parliament.