On 21st October 2019 the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was signed in London.
On behalf of Georgia the document was signed by H. E. David Zalkaliani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, while the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, signed the Agreement on behalf of the UK.
This Agreement is the first international agreement of this kind that the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP signed as a Foreign Secretary of the UK that demonstrates the special relations and strategic partnership between the two countries.
The signed document, aims to establish bilateral legal base between the countries after the UK will leave the EU, covers all areas of bilateral relations, such as political cooperation, conflict resolution, Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia, defence and security, fight against crime and terrorism, free trade, economic cooperation and energy, tourism, environment, education, science, culture, etc.
Georgia is the first country among those who have concluded the Association Agreements with the EU that signed a comprehensive treaty with the UK.
The Agreement stresses the significant progress Georgia has made towards its European and Euro-Atlantic integration and underlines the UK’s support to Georgia’s NATO membership aspirations.
The document firmly stipulates the UK’s unwavering support to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the Parties’ commitment to peace and security in Georgia, including the resolution of the Russia-Georgia conflict.
The treaty defines the special comprehensive free trade regime and provides legal framework for further widening and deepening of existing economic and business ties.
In addition, the document stipulates that the Parties shall hold a regular Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Forum, currently named as the Wardrop Strategic Dialogue, in order to ensure proper and smooth implementation of the Agreement.
The Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland establishes a solid ground for further development and strengthening of existing special relations and strategic partnership between the two countries in all fields once the UK has left the EU.
It should be noted that one hundred years ago, in 1919, Georgia and Britain established diplomatic relations that were restored in 1992. It is symbolic that this year, which marks the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries signed the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.