Arab News Japan
TOKYO: Georgian Ambassador to Japan Teimuraz Lezhava said his country warned the world about threats from Russia and that Georgia can make a great contribution to the European Union.
“I feel the world now is finally acknowledging what Georgia experienced in 2008. We were the first country Russia invaded after the collapse of the Soviet Union and since then we have been vocal about it,” the ambassador said at a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Monday.
But, he added, Georgia is seeking a peaceful resolution of the problem, noting that 20 percent of the country is still occupied by Russia.
In a reply to a question from Arab News Japan, Lezhava praised Japan’s diplomatic actions and governmental support. The two countries celebrate the 30thanniversary of diplomatic relations this year and the Ambassador, who speaks fluent Japanese, pointed out that economic relations were also very strong. “Many countries in the region are seeing Georgia as an economic hub,” he said noting good connections with Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia.