Known as the ‘Wardrop Dialogue’, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly today hosted Georgia’s Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili at Lancaster House in London for the eighth annual UK-Georgia Strategic Dialogue, telling Minister Darchiashvili that the UK would stand by Georgia for the long term.
According to the British government, “the Foreign Secretary used the meeting to underline the UK’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which continue to be challenged by Russian hybrid tactics since their 2008 war, including through ongoing construction of barbed wire fences along the Administrative Boundary lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.”
James Cleverly also welcomed Georgia’s support in the fight against Putin’s illegal war of Ukraine by providing vital humanitarian aid, including providing power generators and supporting refugees forced to flee their homes.
“The Foreign Secretary recognised Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demonstrated the need to enhance and deepen cooperation with countries, including Georgia, that are particularly vulnerable to Russian aggression.
He also set out the UK’s commitment to playing a leading role in supporting Georgia to strengthen resilience against hybrid threats. This bolsters the wide-ranging assistance the UK already provides to Georgia covering military cooperation, cyber security and counter-disinformation,” reads the British government’s statement.
During the meeting, the ministers agreed to increase cooperation on a range of priorities including combatting Putin’s aggression through continued collaboration on international sanctions and supporting Georgia’s aspirations for closer ties with NATO through the Tailored Support Package.
As part of the dialogue, the foreign ministers also signed an agreement to enhance cooperation on readmissions.
A pleasure to host you @iliadarch. Great to discuss the breadth of the UK-Georgia partnership 🇬🇪🇬🇧
The UK stands with you against Russian aggression. pic.twitter.com/xIyghPToHs
— James Cleverly🇬🇧 (@JamesCleverly) January 26, 2023