Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem will travel to Georgia this week for two days of talks aimed at boosting ties between the two neighbors, the Turkish foreign ministry said Tuesday.
Cem's talks, beginning Wednesday, "will focus on economic and commercial ties; energy, education and cultural issues; and regional and international matters of mutual interest."
Ankara and Tbilisi have developed friendly ties since Georgia gained independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Over the past three years, Turkey has donated some $13 million for Georgia's defense needs.
The two countries are also cooperating on a major oil pipeline project, which is heavily backed by the United States. The pipeline would carry oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan through Georgia to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, bypassing Russia. Construction of the $2.4 billion pipeline is due to begin next year. — (AFP, Ankara)
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