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Margvelashvili Invites Ukraine's Poroshenko To Georgia

TBILISI -- Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has invited his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, to Georgia.

Georgia's presidential administration said on February 23 that Margvelashvili held talks with Poroshenko in Kyiv, where he participated along with several EU presidents in a February 22 March of Dignity commemorating pro-European protesters killed in a crackdown by the previous Ukrainian government last year.

Last week, the Georgian Prosecutor-General's Office said it officially asked Ukraine to extradite former President Mikheil Saakashvili and former Justice Minister Zurab Adeishvili to Georgia.

They are wanted on criminal charges that critics of the current Georgian government say are politically motivated.

On February 13, Poroshenko announced the establishment of the International Advisory Council on Reforms and appointed Saakashvili to lead it.

Saakashvili left Georgia after his presidency ended in November 2013. Adeishvili, who is now in Kyiv, has consulted Ukraine's pro-European government on democratic reforms.