President of the Republic of Abkhazia




Cherkessk, 11.00

A meeting of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul  Khadzhimba with the Head of Karachay-Cherkess Republic Rashid Temrezov took place.

Rashid Temrezov greeted the President of the Republic of Abkhazia highlighting the special, brother nature of the relations between Abkhazia and Karachay-Cherkessia that are bound by close historical and cultural ties. The Head of KChR mentioned the issues of development of mutual cooperation, above all in the economic sphere.

Raul  Khadzhimba thanked the Head of KChR for the warm welcome and suggested to discuss prospects of strengthening and development of multipronged cooperation with KChR, in particular in light of the Agreement between Abkhazia and Russia on alliance and strategic partnership and other documents.

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The beginning of the meeting of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul  Khadzhimba and Head of Karachay-Cherkess Republic Rashid Temrezov:

Rashid Temrezov: Mister President, I am happy to greet you on the territory of Karachay-Cherkess Republic, I thank you for finding time to visit a brother republic.
We think of Abkhazia as our brother republic and that work that is done in Abkhazia lately, in my opinion, corresponds with the task that you have settled for yourself as a President – strengthening of sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Abkhazia. We, from our side, see it, and are happy that such serious steps are undertaken. As a direct neighbor – we have 192 km of common border – we are bound with traditional spirit. We have 50 000 closely-related to you Abaza people reside here. Abaza region, just as Nogay, is a young, dynamically developed region and our task is for it to be full-blown, serious, including in the economic understanding, regions of Karachay-Cherkessia.

We are always happy to see our brothers and friends as our guests. Now it is time to talk on a serious economic cooperation. There are many prerequisites to it. Firstly, we both have touristic sphere and agriculture as a priority for economic development.

Raul  Khadzhimba: Thank you for such a warm welcome. I hope that the relationships we have been previously working on and that we are going to continue building are meant for qualitative strengthening of our cooperation.

We highly appreciate the role of your youngsters, our brothers from Karachay-Cherkessia and North Caucasus who participated in the military actions in Abkhazia in 1992-1993. Today we have to talk on different themes, on peaceful life. Happily, the situation and opportunities are different now.

The Agreement between Abkhazia and Russia on alliance and strategic partnership lets us build relationships with all subjects of Russian Federation differently, and those relations could really help us in our economic formation.

There are some spheres were we could put joint effort. It is the development of tourism, agriculture – a wealth of opportunities. I hope that we reach understanding in this issue, especially since there is an Agreement on trade and economic, scientific and technical and cultural cooperation signed. We have a Memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of economy of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Ministry of transport of Russian Federation on elaboration and realization of the project of construction of road Cherkessk-Sukhum. We are talking about the highway which lies in the interests of Abkhazia, North Caucasus and Russia.

I hope that weal so address some of the other issues and succeed inputting a maximum of efforts for the realization of mutually beneficial projects. Thank you!

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