The Philippines and Georgia reaffirmed their commitment to enhance bilateral relations at the 2nd Philippines-Georgia Political Consultations held on October 27 in Manila.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ma. Theresa Lazaro led the Philippine delegation, while Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khvtisiashvili headed the Georgian delegation
Highlighting commonalities between the two countries, Lazaro underscored that both countries are providers of seafarers.
She proposed maritime cooperation with focus on seafarers’ certificate recognition and exchange of information between maritime authorities and institutions.
“As an archipelagic country, maritime cooperation is very important for us. The Philippines and Georgia can benefit from people-to-people exchanges between our maritime authorities and training institutions,” Lazaro said.
The Philippines and Georgia also discussed ways to improve two-way trade and investments in both countries, noting the Philippine-based International Container Terminal Service, which has operations in the port of Batumi in Georgia.
Both sides explored avenues for cooperation in the areas of inter-parliamentary exchanges, economic, environment, tourism, education and culture.
They agreed to continue supporting each other’s candidature and advocacies in the multilateral fora, engaging in a candid and open exchange of views on regional and international issues.
The meeting was held as the Philippines and Georgia celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
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