Slovak President Andrej Kiska returned to Slovakia on June 2 after a several-day visit to Georgia, the TASR newswire learnt on the same day.
During his official visit, Kiska held talks with top Georgian officials regarding further cooperation between Georgia and Slovakia. The Slovak head of state was accompanied by his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili during his stay.
Margvelashvili discussed with Kiska the current situation in occupied areas of Georgia that seceded following a short war with Russia in 2008. They both visited the border with South Ossetia, which declared unilateral independence.
The Slovak president described this border as having been only artificially created by the Russians, adding that he views any such violation of territory as an act of aggression, according to TASR.
After the joint discussions Kiska said that there is great business potential in Georgia.
“Bilateral turnover between the two countries, which is more than €30 million [per year], is too small,” said Kiska, as quoted by TASR. “There is huge potential in tourism.”
Talks on Georgia’s joining the EU were also on the agenda. Georgia has already drawn up an association agreement with the EU, and Margvelashvili said that Slovakia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of this year could be a good opportunity for Georgia in its integration process.