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Georgia to Announce Visa Waiver Regime

Georgia to Announce Visa Waiver RegimeGeorgia to Announce Visa Waiver Regime

Georgia is forging closer ties with Iran by abolishing its visa rules and introducing visa free travel with Iran.

The Georgian prime minister’s press center said Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a phone conversation with President Hassan Rouhani on Monday evening.

During the phone conversation the two sides discussed strengthening cultural relations as well as ways to broaden tourism cooperation, the Georgian news website reported.

The statement noted Kvirikashvili initiated the phone call.

“Georgia will take the first step to cancel its visa regime with Iran,” the statement read.

It was not immediately clear when Georgian officials plan to abolish visa requirements for Iranian citizens.

Georgian citizens are able to travel to Iran without a visa for 45 days. Currently Iranian citizens need a visa to travel to that country but the new initiative will allow Iranians to travel there for a set period of time without one.

“Economic and cultural cooperation between Iran and Georgia should be further strengthened in line with the two nations’ interests,” Rouhani told Kvirikashvili, according to Iranian media.

The two sides also discussed trade and economic relations and stressed that there is a lot of potential to enhance bilateral relations.