Chairperson of the Parliament visits Switzerland

Press release, 14.09.2018

On 12 September 2018, a Georgian delegation headed by Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia, paid an official visit to Switzerland upon an invitation made in 2016 by then-President of the National Council Christa Markwalder during her visit to Georgia.

As part of this visit, Irakli Kobakhidze met with Dominique de Buman, President of the National Council, and Filippo Lombardi, President of the parliamentary Swiss-Georgian Friendship Group. The delegation paid a courtesy meeting to Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis.

Bilateral relations, Switzerland’s increasing support to economic reform and its unique mediating role in relations with Russia were discussed at the meeting between the delegations. On the agenda was an intensified cooperation in the areas of education, research and innovation, and peace promotion which lies at the core of the development cooperation.

“Switzerland is not a member state of either EU or NATO and in this context, we attach even greater importance to cooperation with Switzerland for its particular role in the region. It is of high importance for us to deepen the bilateral relationship especially in the fields of political as well as economic affairs. We see high potential to tap as discussed concrete details,” – said the Parliamentary Chairperson.