Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili and Armenia prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, have inaugurated a new bridge connecting the two countries. The new four-lane bridge was built with 7 million euro financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
The "bridge of friendship symbolises the success of our cooperation and friendship", the Georgian Prime Minister said on Friday at the official opening ceremony of the bridge on the Debeda River near the Georgian-Armenian border.
Garibashvili stressed the friendship between the two countries was "measured over many centuries" and was not only an example of “brotherhood and friendship” but an “important foundation for the prosperity, stability, security and development" of the South Caucasus region.
The bridge of friendship that we built together symbolises the success of our cooperation and friendship. This 160-metre-long, four-lane bridge of modern standards and parameters, jointly built on the [border] territory of two states, is a unique project in the region. As a result of putting it into operation, the transport permeability at the border is doubled.
Garibashvili added that "the bridge will not only be useful for the citizens and visitors of Armenia and Georgia, but will gain strategic importance as an important part of the East-West International Highway”. Garibashvili thanked the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for allocating more than €7 million for the construction of the bridge.
source: commonspace.eu with agenda.ge and agencies
photo: Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili and Armenia prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, inaugurated a new bridge connecting the two countries on Friday, 19 August 2022. (picture courtesy of the press service of the Government of Georgia)