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Georgian president welcomes patriarch’s initiative to engage in dialogue with Russia

01 March 2011 [16:47] - TODAY.AZ
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili welcomed the initiative of Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II to resume a dialogue with Russia.

The president expressed full readiness to take "concrete steps" in this direction, Presidential Spokesperson Manana Manjgaladze said at a traditional briefing.

"[The] Statement by the Patriarch fully coincides with the nation’s desire,” she said
Earlier, Ilia II called upon the leaders of Georgia and Russia to engage in a dialogue.

"I appeal to the leaders of both countries and call on them to show wisdom and courage in order to initiate a dialogue at various levels to discuss and resolve the backlog of complex issues," Ilia II said in a recent statement.


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