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The president of Germany travels to Georgia in an attempt to strengthen bilateral relations

October 7, 2019

BERLIN, Oct. 7 (DPA / EP) –

The president of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, will travel to Georgia on Monday as part of a three-day visit to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Steinmeier has highlighted dual vocational and educational training programs as a way to give young Georgians the opportunity to develop qualities needed to boost the economy.

“This also includes more German investment,” said the president, who was foreign minister. Steinmeier will be accompanied by an economy delegation.

On the other hand, he has spoken of Georgia as a tourist destination and stressed that he hopes the country will join NATO. In addition, he stressed that thousands of Georgians request asylum every year in Germany even though they can freely enter the country and stay for short periods of time for the benefit of the agreement with the EU.

“I want to point out that there are legal ways to go to Germany and study there, learn a trade,” he said. He is scheduled to meet with his counterpart, Salome Zurabishvili, as well as with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gajaria. He will also hold a meeting with the president of Parliament, Irakli Kobajidzein Tbilisi.