Georgia's 1st woman president takes oath

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Davit Kachkachishvili, Mumin Altas, Sefa Sahin</p> <p>TELAVI, Georgia (AA) – Georgia's first female president has been sworn in on Sunday after being elected with over 59 percent of the votes in late November.</p> <p>The oath-taking ceremony of the country’s first woman president Salome Zurabishvili was attended by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay.</p> <p>Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Azerbaijan's Parliament Speaker Oktay Asadov were also among the participants.</p> <p>Zurabishvili, the fifth president of Georgia, said: &quot;Georgia is facing big problems. Abkhazia and South Ossetia are under Russia's occupation.&quot;</p> <p>She called on Russia to recognize all international legal rights of Georgia and said it was a must for normal neighboring relations.</p> <p> </p> <p>- Turkish VP's meetings</p> <p>After attending the ceremony, the Turkish vice president met Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze at the King Erekle II Palace and invited him to a High-Level Cooperation Council meeting in Turkey that will be held in first quarter of 2019.</p> <p>During the closed-door meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.</p> <p>They agreed that recent energy and transportation lines have improved cooperation between Turkey and Georgia.</p> <p>Oktay and Bakhtadze also agreed to increase continuation of economic cooperation and joint projects.</p> <p>Later in day, Oktay also met Azerbaijan’s parliament speaker.</p> <p>They said the close relation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev boosted bilateral ties.