mikheil Saakashvili - stefan fule 2013-02-12

Štefan Füle (left), the EU’s Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi Feb. 12. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili says the current events in his country are dangerous and that he will meet regularly with the prime minister in the coming period.

“Now we should stand higher than our ambitions. We and the government should work together, that’s why I say I am ready to meet with the prime minister with high regularity, not play games and speak with mediator, but speak personally to him about Georgia, its European future and democratic development of society,” Saakashvili said.

His delayed state of the nation address had to be moved because of street clashes at the entrance last Friday. Afterward, he invited the government to talks, but expressed dissatisfaction that Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili did not attend the talks yesterday evening.

Saakashvili was speaking at a press conference together with Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, who visited Tbilisi in order to attend informal talks within the EU’s Eastern Partnership plan.

Füle said the talks are an important preparation for a partnership summit in Vilnius in November.

For Georgia, the partnership means the prospects of an Association Agreement, which may involve a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) and a possible agreement about visa free travel.

“This is a very important step on the way of Georgia’s Euro-integration,” Georgia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Maia Panjikidze said. She added that she is sure the meeting will be successful and Georgia will make one step closer to Euro-integration.

February 13 there will be held a meeting of Transport Ministers of Eastern Partnership countries with representatives of EU.