Georgia summons Turkish ambassador over Abkhazia visit

Georgia expressed concern over the visit of Turkish journalists to the breakaway region.

Georgia summons Turkish ambassador over Abkhazia visit

World Bulletin / News Desk

Georgia's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Turkish ambassador in to the capital Tbilisi, Zeki Levent Gumrukcu, after about 80 members of the Federation of Turkish Journalists (TGF) visited the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

The visit, which took place between May 9-12, angered the Georgian authorities, with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze saying that it was illegal according to the country's law to visit occupied land.

The journalists, who entered the region via Russia, attended the 44th federation assembly and first congress of Turkish and Abkhaz journalists in Sukhumi, in addition to meeting with separatist Abkhaz officials.

Abkhazia, along with South Ossetia, broke off from Georgia after a short war between Russia and the Caucasus nation in 2008 led to the two regions declaring independence.

Russia has maintained a military presence in the regions since.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Mayıs 2014, 16:32