Senator McCain: Washington stands by Georgia on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets with US Senator John McCain. Photo: PM’s press office., 09 May 2017 - 14:01, Tbilisi,Georgia

Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain has pledged Washington will stand by Georgia on the country’s path towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with McCain as part of his three-day official visit to the US upon invitation by US Vice President Mike Pence.

A large part of the meeting between Kvirikashvili and McCain was devoted to discussing the humanitarian situation across the occupation line separating Georgia’s breakaway regions from the rest of Georgia.

Kvirikashvili thanked McCain for the recent approval of a legislative act in which the occupation of the Georgian territories is stressed for the first time on the legislative level in the US. Senator McCain reaffirmed that the US strongly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The contribution of Georgia to ensuring global peace and fighting terrorism was also stressed.

McCain said that stability in Georgia is important not only for the region but for the world too.

The Georgian delegation meets with US Senators. Photo: PM's press office. 

Earlier Kvirikashvili met with Senator Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation and also co-chair of the same committee Chris Murphy and Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement between Georgia and the US was the main topic of discussions between the officials.

Senator Johnson said that it is unacceptable that Russia continues erecting artificial obstacles and dividing families across the occupation line and the Senate is planning to adopt a resolution in support of Georgia’s territorial integrity soon. 

Before meeting with Senators Kvirikashvili met with US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.