Press release | Date: 11/10/2022 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt will be visiting Georgia and Armenia on 16–19 October.
In Georgia, the Foreign Minister will meet with Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and Chairman of the Parliament Shalva Papuashvili, as well as other parliamentarians. Ms Huitfeldt will also meet with civil society representatives.
The political talks will focus on Norway’s ongoing support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Norwegian aid will also be a key topic during the talks. Norway provides funding for a relatively extensive project portfolio in Georgia that includes activities to promote good governance, the rule of law, human rights and democratic development, development of renewable energy, women's economic participation, local self-government and inclusive education.
The Foreign Minister will also officially open the Norwegian Embassy in Tbilisi. This year marks 30 years since the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Norway and Georgia.
In Armenia, the Foreign Minister will meet with Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and President of the National Assembly Alen Simonyan.
The Foreign Minister is visiting Armenia at a difficult time for the country. Tensions in the region are high due both to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and to Russia’s war against Ukraine.
In her talks, Ms Huitfeldt will focus on Norway’s solidarity with Armenia and explore ways in which Norway can support important reforms.
The visit to Armenia will also include talks with civil society representatives working to promote freedom of expression and human rights, among other things.