Georgia foreign minister to visit Japan from Sunday

Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze will visit Japan from Sunday and hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida during his six-day stay through May 24, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The visit is expected to deepen friendly ties between Japan and the former Soviet republic, according to the ministry.

Georgia sits in a strategic area in the Caucasus connecting Europe and Asia, providing a conduit for oil and natural gas produced in the Caspian Sea region. With energy-security needs in mind, Japan has provided development aid to the country over the years.