On November 12, in the Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia, an extended meeting took place between President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba and President of the Republic of Nauru Baron Waqa.
Raul Khadjimba: Dear ladies and gentlemen! We are happy to welcome you in Abkhazia. For us, it is an important event. Relations between the Republic of Nauru and the Republic of Abkhazia are long-term. Our diplomatic relations were established in December 2009. Since that period, several delegations came to Abkhazia on a working visit, which allowed us to make sure once again that we are building kind, confidential and partner relations. These relations create conditions for Abkhazia to be better understood at the international arena. I do not doubt that these relations will develop and get stronger in accordance with the Treaty that was signed in 2016 – the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation between the Republic of Nauru and the Republic of Abkhazia. No doubt, your visit is a very important event. We already spoke with
In the absence of diplomatic relations with other states of the Pacific region, I think that it would be acceptable on your part to create an interparliamentary friendship group between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of Nauru, or a group of Abkhazia’s friends, which could include Nauru, Vanuatu and Tuvalu who promoted the interests of Abkhazia in that region. We understand well that international recognition is a slow process, but the possibility of lobbying through these kinds of institutions would allow us to start the development of humanitarian and economic links with a number of states.
I think that it would also be possible to establish relations with the Pacific Islands Forum which includes Nauru, in order to give more information about Abkhazia.
I would like to express gratitude to the government of the Republic of Nauru and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations Marlene Moses for their support during the discussion of the refugee subject at the UN General Assembly. Unfortunately, Abkhazia does not have an opportunity to represent its position there yet. But our friends give us an opportunity to speak out and inform the international community about the situation in Abkhazia. Thank you once again for being with us today. I hope that in the course of today’s evening, we will be able to discuss
Baron Waqa (as translated): Thank you,
There is one woman in our delegation,
Your Excellency, I would like to say a few words about what we have discussed today, about all our mutual assurances and intentions. You can fully count on us as on a loyal partner, on a strong shoulder that will support you. We plan to continue lobbying your interests and the process of the recognition of Abkhazia. I would also like to say that we do not expect anything from you, except for your friendship. It is very dear to us, and our attitude is sincere. We are attentive to everything that happens in Abkhazia. We also know what happens in our neighbouring states, in particular, the difficulties that our neighbours encountered. I would like to assure you that we will do everything possible so that such difficulties would not arise in the future.
Thank you very much. If you have any questions that you would like to discuss, we would be happy to discuss them with you.
Raul Khadjimba: Thank you. Speaking about cooperation, my colleagues sitting by my side will also be working with you directly. They are Minister of Culture Elvira
Speaker of the People’s Assembly-Parliament Valery Kvarchia, Head of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia Daur Arshba, Minister of Foreign Affairs Daur Kove, and Minister of Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage Elvira
On November 12, President of the Republic of Nauru Baron Waqa came to the Republic of Abkhazia on a working visit. The delegation, headed by President of the Republic of Nauru, includes a Member of Parliament, Minister of Health and Education Charmaine Scotty, Member of Parliament, Adviser to the President on Special Assignments Milton Dube, and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations Marlene Moses.