US State Secretary, embassy congratulate Georgia on Independence Day: ‘we have a strong strategic partnership’

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo says that the US and Georgia share common values. Photo: US Embassy, Tbilisi., 26 May 2020 - 11:21, Tbilisi,Georgia

The US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has congratulated Georgia on its Independence Day, stating that the US and Georgia have a strong strategic partnership built upon shared values and a deep love of freedom, independence, and unity. 

The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and we support the Georgian people’s clear choice to embrace Euro-Atlantic integration,” Pompeo said in his letter released by the US Embassy to Georgia earlier today.  

 He said that the US values Georgia’s investment in strengthening its defense capabilities and its important contributions to international security, including the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

Georgian soldiers have served bravely, and we honor the Georgians who have sacrificed so much in pursuit of global peace and security,” Pompeo said. 

He stated that the US is looking forward to further enriching bilateral relationships with the country as Georgia enacts reforms that strengthen its democratic processes and the rule of law buttressed by an independent judiciary. 

We firmly support Georgia’s economic development and efforts to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. In times of crisis like these, we are reminded of the true depth and value of the friendship between the American and Georgian peoples,” Pompeo said. 

US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has made a video address in which she spoke about the strong ties between Georgia and the US. 

Today Georgians mark Independence Day, commemorating May 26, 1918 – the day when the Act of Independence was adopted and which established the First Democratic Republic of Georgia.

The First Democratic Republic of Georgia lasted only three years. In 1921 the country was invaded by the Russian Red Army.

Georgia regained its independence in 1991.