Georgia's 1st woman president takes oath

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay attends oath-taking ceremony of Georgia's first female president Salome Zurabishvili

Sena Güler   | 16.12.2018
Georgia's 1st woman president takes oath Georgia’s newly elected first woman president Salome Zurabishvili (R) who was elected in a second round of voting in November 28, makes a speech during the oath-taking ceremony held at the Palace of King Erekle II in Telavi, Georgia on December 16, 2018 ( Presidency of Georgia / Handout - Anadolu Agency )


By Davit Kachkachishvili, Mumin Altas, Sefa Sahin

TELAVI, Georgia 

Georgia's first female president has been 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 Sarkissian, 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 normal neighboring 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 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 continuation of economic cooperation and joint projects.

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

They said the close relation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev boosted bilateral ties.

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