Georgian Parliament leader discusses prospects for closer ties, security issues in Spain

Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili and members of his delegation spoke with senior Spanish lawmakers in Madrid on Wednesday about the prospects for closer cooperation with the Spanish lawmaker, Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and security challenges raised by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine .

Meeting with Meritxell Batet, Speaker of the Spanish Chamber of Deputies, Papuashvili thanked the official for her support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a related resolution adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Spanish Chamber of Deputies.

After discussing prospects for further strengthening of ties, including between sectoral committees and friendship groups, the Georgian official noted the visit of Spanish lawmakers to Georgia in July.

The sides hailed the “growing momentum” of cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats over the past 30 years since diplomatic relations were established, and discussed the challenges posed by the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine in the South Caucasus and Europe in general.

After discussing the Georgian authorities’ efforts to meet the European Union’s conditions for granting the country candidate status, Batet pledged that Spain would remain “strongly supportive” of the country’s European future.

Before the meeting, Papuashvili also discussed bilateral cooperation with chairs and members of the Foreign and European Affairs Committees of the Spanish House of Representatives.

The Georgian delegation expressed gratitude for their support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and discussed prospects for the country’s European integration, security challenges and the process of implementation of EU conditions.