Tbilisi, DFWatch – Amid tensions over appointment of former Georgian officials on the high positions in Ukraine, Georgian parliamentary delegation visits Kiev Nov. 19, according to the chair of parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
Tedo Japaridze, a veteran diplomat and the committee chair, said opposition MP Victor Dolidze had also been invited to the delegation. Victor Dolidze is a member of Irakli Alasania’s Free Democrats, which in November seceded from the ruling Georgian Dream coalition.
“It wouldn’t be a large delegation,” Japaridze said to Pirveli news agency. “We don’t have yet a schedule of meeting, the embassy work on the issue.”
Covert tensions between Tbilisi and Kiev have been triggered by appointment of Alexandre Kvitashvili, former health minister, on the same position in the Ukraine government. The situation was further aggravated when Eka Zghuladze was appointed just in the same way – on the same position that she held in the Saakashvili government, deputy interior minister.
Some most outspoken members of the GD named this steps as a slap directly in the face of the Georgian state.
However, the government announces it plans to deepen ties with Ukraine. According to Tamar Beruchashvili, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, by the end of the month another, ministerial, delegation is bound to Kiev. Also there are ongoing preparations of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili visit to Kiev, the minister said.