Giorgi Margvelashvili comes into office as Georgian president

Georgian president elect Giorgi Margvelashvili was sworn into office at the official inauguration ceremony on Sunday. "I pledge to defend the constitution and the integrity of the country," he said bringing his oath on the constitution.

After that he expressed gratitude to likeminded people, to Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, to each member of the ruling Georgian Dream coalition and the entire Georgian public for trusting him. "The will of the people won today," he said.

In his speech he also raised the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and urged the people of the breakaway republics "to build a modern state together."

He also voiced the readiness of the Georgian authorities to improve relations with Russia. "Once again we declare our readiness to deepen the dialogue with Russia and resolve existing problems in relations on the basis of mutual confidence," he said.

Speaking of his victory in the elections Margvelashvili said that Georgia held "elections of very high democratic standards" thanks to which it succeeded in entering a new stage of development.

Speaking of foreign policy priorities he pointed out to the importance of continuing the policy of Georgia's integration in the EU and NATO and strengthening relations with the USA and other partners. He said he is sure that the worst years of Georgia have passed and a golden age awaits it ahead.

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