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Tbilisi. The Georgian Foreign Minister, Grigol Vashadze, paid a working visit to Japan from the 18th to the 21st of July 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Japan - a visit during which he held a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Koichiro Gemba, the press-center of the Foreign Ministry of Georgia reports.
According to the statement, during this meeting, the two Ministers discussed the prospect of developing Georgian-Japanese bilateral and multilateral relations and underlined the importance of the need of mutual, reciprocal support within international organizations.
The Georgian Foreign Minister also noted the importance of the Georgian Prime Minister's recent (27-28 June) working visit to Japan and noted that the implementation of the agreements reached during that visit would further deepen political and economic relations between the two countries.
As the foreign political department of Georgia reported, Vashadze emphasized the importance of Japan's investments into Georgia and the need to co-operate in the sphere of technological innovations. Gemba noted with satisfaction that Georgia was a regional leader in terms of simplicity of doing business.
The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked Gemba for financial assistance his government had rendered to Georgia. The two Ministers discussed the issue of financing by Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) of construction of a new section of Georgia's road through a preferential credit line, Gemba announced that the Japanese government would send JICA mission to Georgia for that purpose, is said in the Foreign Ministry's statement.
The Japanese Foreign Minister noted that Georgia's stable and democratic development plaid an important role in ensuring security in the South Caucasus and reaffirmed his government's unequivocal support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Gemba also expressed his government's readiness to promote the implementation of energy projects within GUAM-Japan relations, the statement reads.
Taking into consideration the nature of political relations between Japan and Georgia, the two Ministers underlined the importance of further deepening cultural relations between their two countries.