On June 4, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba held a meeting of the Security Council in the course of which issues of foreign and internal policy were discussed.
On the issue of the interaction between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Syrian Arab Republic, the Head of State instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to undertake measures to fill the diplomatic relations between the two states with practical content. In particular, the preparation is to be started for the meeting between the Presidents of Syria and Abkhazia, by taking into account the opinions of the Syrian side on the location of the meeting and other issues.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Daur Kove informed the President about the development of the draft Agreement with Syria that the Head of State gave an instruction to prepare. On June 4, a meeting between the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Abkhazia in the Russian Federation with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Syrian Arab Republic in the Russian Federation took place. At this meeting, the possibility was discussed of the visit of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia to Syria. Also, a letter with an invitation to visit the Republic of Abkhazia was passed from Raul Khadzhimba to Bashar al-Assad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia sent to the Syrian side a draft framework agreement “On friendship and cooperation” between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Syrian Arab Republic.
At the meeting, issues of the crime situation, law, order and security in the state were also discussed.
“I should point out the positive tendencies in solving serious crimes that happened lately. In due time all those who have been accused should be brought to trial. I instructed the heads of law enforcement agencies to strengthen cooperation to fight crime.
The Minister of Internal Affairs is to strictly follow the plan on the increased service during summer. The security of the tourists is one of the most important tasks. I demand that the General Administration for Traffic Safety is brought under special control.
No one should forget that we are anticipating the tourist season which our citizens hope to be successful. Any negative information about Abkhazia will immediately receive great publicity and this may bring negative consequences. Our neighbour, friendly Russia will have a big celebration of world significance – the World Cup. We have to take into account this event and not allow any confrontation on our territory. No one will be allowed to destabilise the situation in our Republic. The authorities and the leaders of the opposition should understand that there is no alternative to a constructive dialogue. Yet, if some people plan to see a different turn of events, we have enough strength and resources not to allow unlawful actions”, - said the President.