On November 27, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba had a meeting with Head of the Republic of North Ossetia Vyacheslav Bitarov in Vladikavkaz as part of the visit to the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania at the invitation of Head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Vyacheslav Bitarov.
Vyacheslav Bitarov: Raul Dzhumkovich, I am happy to welcome you. I know that you arrived from the south of Ossetia just now. I would like to welcome you in the north of Ossetia. I am always happy to see you since our brotherly nations always lived in harmony. On the front lines of all wars, during the Great Patriotic War and the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia, our volunteers stood side by side with our Abkhazian brothers. In the same way, Abkhazians supported our brothers from the south in difficult times. I wish such tragic events would not happen again. I wish for us to visit each other and develop our relations in the fields of culture, economy and other.
I would like to thank you for coming here and staying, even though it is a short time, we are very pleased.
Raul Khadzhimba: I would like to express gratitude for the invitation. There is no doubt that our relations should develop. We have old traditions laid down by our ancestors. Abkhazians and Ossetians have been friends for centuries, and for us this is a very important aspect of our relations.
There are many things to work on. Yesterday in South Ossetia, we signed a number of agreements that aim to strengthen our relations. Here in North Caucasus, it is also important to us to build relations with all republics. During our visits to North Caucasus, we always want to meet with our Ossetian brothers.
There are areas of cooperation, such as the economy and agriculture. Today in Abkhazia, we actively develop the tourist sphere and agriculture. In this we are helped by the Russian Federation, which should be acknowledged. Yet, we also try to work on our opportunities. Our budget has grown almost twice compared to the previous years, and this is perceptible.
Once again, thank you very much for the invitation.