European Council President Charles Michel invited both the ruling and opposition parties in Georgia to dinner during his trip to the country, in an attempt to mediate the current political crisis, euronews reports.
Last week, Georgian police stormed the opposition headquarters to arrest the leader of the party, Nika Melia, after a court ruled to place him in pre-trial detention for organising "mass violence" during anti-government protests in 2019.
"I am deeply concerned about the deepening political crisis in Georgia," Michel said during a press conference Monday. "The current political crisis and polarisation clearly risk undermining Georgia's hard-won young democracy in this complex region.
"The political polarisation must stop. The government, as any government, should demonstrate responsible leadership. And the opposition should also step up to the challenges and engage constructively in the interests of Georgia", Michel said.