Restrictions for the Georgian citizens on crossing into Turkey were lifted on Saturday afternoon, less than twelve hours after they were imposed amid overnight coup attempt in neighboring country during which more than 160 people were killed in clashes in Ankara and Istanbul.
“Restrictions on the border crossing-points [with Turkey], which were imposed for security reasons, have been lifted,” the Georgian Interior Ministry said.
“Georgian citizens can travel to Turkey without restrictions through crossing-points via land and sea, as well as air at Georgia’s airports,” the ministry said.
Amid overnight coup attempt in Turkey, Georgian leadership gathered at an emergency meeting of the National Security Council at the presidential palace in Tbilisi shortly after 3am local time on Saturday to discuss potential implications of developments in Turkey, which Tbilisi describes as its “strategic partner” and which is Georgia’s largest trading partner.
After the meeting, which lasted for over an hour, President Giorgi Margvelashvili and PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili condemned coup attempt in Turkey and expressed support to democratically elected government.