Sweden second largest individual donor to Georgia

Sweden and Georgia have good, close relations and smoothly functioning cooperation. After the USA, Sweden is Georgia's second largest bilateral aid donor. A new cooperation strategy for Georgia is being drawn up this year and will apply until 2013.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt received his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze for lunch at the Prince Royal's Palace. Photo: Jacob Martinsson/MFA

"Sweden has been our friend and ally from the very first day of our independence. Our democracy work has been dependent on the expertise that Sweden has lent us," said Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze at the press conference following a working lunch with Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.

Sweden is Georgia's second largest aid donor after the USA. Grigol Vashadze meets Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.

During his visit to Stockholm on Monday, Mr Vashadze also met Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling.

Since Sweden will take over the Presidency of the EU on 1 July, discussions were held at these meetings concerning how cooperation between Georgia and the EU can be taken forward.

Trade relations between Sweden and Georgia are currently relatively insignificant but are constantly growing. State Secretary Gunnar Wieslander visited Georgia with a business delegation earlier this spring, and the visit was seen as positive by both Sweden and Georgia.