Zurabishvili takes oath as Georgia’s first female president

ANADOLU AGENCY
TELAVI, Georgia
Published 16.12.2018 19:25
In this handout picture provided by Salome Zurabishvili's press service Georgia's new President Salome Zurabishvili attends her inauguration ceremony in Telavi on December 16, 2018. (AFP Photo)
In this handout picture provided by Salome Zurabishvili's press service Georgia's new President Salome Zurabishvili attends her inauguration ceremony in Telavi on December 16, 2018. (AFP Photo)

Georgia's first female president was sworn in on Sunday after being elected with over 59 percent of the votes in late November.

The oath-taking ceremony of the country's first woman president Salome Zurabishvili was attended by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay.

Armenian President Armen Sarkisian, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Azerbaijan's Parliament Speaker Oktay Asadov were also among the participants.

Zurabishvili, the fifth president of Georgia, said: "Georgia is facing big problems. Abkhazia and South Ossetia are under Russia's occupation."

She called on Russia to recognize all international legal rights of Georgia and said it was a must for normalized neighborly relations.

Turkish VP's meetings

After attending the ceremony, the Turkish vice president met Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze at the King Erekle II Palace and invited him to a High-Level Cooperation Council meeting in Turkey that will be held in the first quarter of 2019.

During the closed-door meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.

They agreed that recent energy and transportation lines have improved cooperation between Turkey and Georgia. Oktay and Bakhtadze also agreed to increase economic cooperation and the number of joint projects.

Later in day, Oktay also met Azerbaijan's parliament speaker.

They said the close relationship between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev boosted bilateral ties.

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