President of Georgia Ms Salome Zourabichvili is in Latvia May 15 on an official visit, with a meeting with her Latvian counterpart, President Raimonds Vējonis the main item on the agenda.
Speaking ahead of the visit Vējonis said: “Latvia has always been and will be Georgia’s supporter and friend on its way to the European Union and NATO. We also reiterate Latvia’s constant support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. ”
Following a meeting of the delegations of both countries, and press statements of the Presidents at Riga Castle, a solemn flower-laying ceremony at the Freedom Monument is planned. The visit will continue with a meeting of President of Zourabichvili and Speaker of the Saeima Ināra Mūrniece and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.
In the afternoon, a visit to the Occupation Museum of Latvia is planned. At the end of the day, the President of Latvia will hold an official dinner in honor of the President of Georgia.
LTV has coverage of her arrival at Rīga castle.
Born on 18 March 1952 in Paris, France, Zourabichvili has had an unusual route to the presidency, having worked in the diplomatic service for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France from 1974-2004. In 2003, she was appointed as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of France to Georgia but then in 2004-2005, she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. After the leaving the post in 2006, she founded the political party “The Way of Georgia” and from 2010 to December 2015, she led the United Nations Security Council monitoring group on sanctions against Iran.
In 2016, she won election as an independent Deputy in the Parliament of Georgia and in November 2018 was elected Georgia’s first woman president.