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Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani has said the government is calling back its Ambassador to Ukraine Teimuraz Sharashenidze for consultations over the appointment of former President of Georgia and ex-Governor of Ukraine's Odesa region Mikheil Saakashvili as Chairman of Ukraine's Executive Committee on Reforms.

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Zalkaliani says this has nothing to do with breaking off diplomatic relations with Ukraine or revising the strategic partnership between the countries, as reported by RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus media project.

The minister said "the level of the post originally proposed to Saakashvili has been downgraded." Zalkaliani associates this with skepticism toward Saakashvili in the Ukrainian politics.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by his decree on May 7 appointed Mikheil Saakashvili as Chairman of the Executive Reforms Committee, an advisory body created in 2014.