Georgian Foreign Minister, US Secretary of State meet in Washington

Georgia's Minister of Foreign Affairs meets the US Secretary of State. Photo: MFA of Georgia, 11 Feb 2017 - 11:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met with United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday during his two-day official state visit to the US.

The pair discussed Georgia-US relations and confirmed mutual readiness to develop firm and strong strategic partnership, Janelidze said following the meeting.

The Georgian official stated that Georgia remains America’s strong partner and ally not only in the region but also globally.

The sides spoke about the successful democratic and economic reforms Georgia has carried out over the past few years which have set an example for the entire region, Georgia’s Foreign Minister said in a statement.

The sides also highlighted the great potential Georgia has for developing its economy, attracting investments and becoming a regional hub.

Tillerson thanked Georgia for its contribution towards maintaining global security and for the "bravery of Georgian soldiers” serving in international peacekeeping missions.

"The Secretary of State put a high value on the development path Georgia is pursuing and the reforms the Georgian government has identified as priorities in the areas of good governance, education and business”, the Ministry’s statement read.
"According to the Secretary of State, Georgia’s development path is a path towards peace and stability”, it added.

Discussions during the meeting focused on the security situation in the region and issues relating to the Georgian-Russian conflict. Tillerson reaffirmed the US administration’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and its readiness to support the country in dealing with the challenges currently facing it.