Turkey says backs Georgia's territorial integrity

Turkish FM Davutoglu met with his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze as part of his two-day visit in capital Tbilisi.

Turkey says backs Georgia's territorial integrity

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Monday with his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze as part of his two-day visit in capital Tbilisi.

The two foreign minister appeared at a joint press conference after their meeting which Davutoglu said addressed bilateral relations as well as regional issues.

"Maintaining peace in Georgia and peaceful resolution of the problems the country faces is of great importance," Davutoglu told reporters.

"As a friendly and a neighboring country, Georgia' economic and political future, and its territorial integrity are of special importance for us," Davutoglu said.

The Turkish foreign minister said it was hard to achieve stability and peace in the Caucasus unless they were achieved in Georgia.

"Which is why Turkey will continue exert any effort for the settlement of the dispute over Abkhazia," Davutoglu said, adding that a senior Turkish diplomat would be assigned to visit Georgia and Abkhazia in the coming days.

Responding to a question over the detention of a Turkish-flagged vessel in Georgia, Davutoglu said he would discuss the issue with Georgian president during a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

Vashadze said on his part that Georgia's final decision over the detention of the Turkish ship would be made during the meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili.

"We have discussed today with my counterpart mostly the ways to prevent such incidents from happening in the future and I believe that appropriate mechanisms are devised," Vashadze said.


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