Mikheil Janelidze Meets Members of US Congress Delegation

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with members of the US Congress delegation on their visit to Georgia.

The sides discussed the strategic partnership between Georgia and the US, emphasizing the US Government’s support for Georgia’s economic development, ongoing democratic reforms and foreign policy priorities. Discussions also focused on the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and issues relating to regional security.

“We spoke about the strategic partnership between Georgia and the US, about the political support the US Congress shows for Georgia in its statements and resolutions, and most importantly, about the firm support from the US for Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Special attention was paid to the reforms the Government of Georgia is carrying out to bring the country closer to the North-Atlantic Alliance. The American side reaffirmed that Congress will continue to strongly support Georgia on this path,” Janelidze said following the meeting.

The US delegation in Georgia is led by Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The delegation includes representatives from the committee as well as from the committees on Foreign Relations, Budget and Finance.

The sides spoke extensively about the agenda of bilateral co-operation and the outstanding results that have been achieved under the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission. Special accent was put on the importance of deepening co-operation with US legislative bodies with the Congress delegation reaffirmed the firm support of the US legislative authorities for the further strengthening of strategic partnership between the countries.

“Georgia has wide bi-partisan support from the US Congress,” said Chaffetz. “The delegations of the Congress will continue to visit Georgia in the future. Georgia has many friends in the US Congress, and we support what Georgia is doing and what it is going through in this tumultuous time.”

Within the framework of this visit to Georgia, the delegation of congressmen is to hold meetings with representatives of the executive and legislative branches of the Government. They have already visited the Administrative Boundary Line.

Eka Janjgava

26 July 2016 11:50