The sides discussed the strategic partnership between Georgia and the U.S. emphasizing the U.S. 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 the issues relating to regional security, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
“We spoke about the strategic partnership between Georgia and the U.S., about the political support the U.S. Congress shows for Georgia in its statements and resolutions, and most importantly, about the U.S. firm support 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 U.S. side reaffirmed that the Congress will continue to strongly support Georgia on this path” – Mikheil Janelidze said following the meeting.
The sides spoke extensively about the agenda of bilateral co-operation and the outstanding results that have been achieved under the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission. Special accent was put on the importance of deepening co-operation with the U.S. legislative bodies.
The Congress delegation reaffirmed the firm support of the U.S. legislative authorities for the further strengthening of strategic partnership between the countries.
“Georgia has a wide bi-partisan support from the U.S. Congress. The delegations of the Congress will continue to visit Georgia in the future. Georgia has many friends in the U.S Congress, and we support what Georgia is doing and what it is going through in this tumultuous time” – Jason Chaffetz said.
The U.S. delegation in Georgia is led by Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The delegation includes representatives from this committee as well as from the committees on Foreign Relations, on budget and on Finance.
Within the framework of this visit to Georgia, the delegation of congressmen will hold meetings with representatives of the executive and legislative branches of the Government. They have already visited the occupation line.