Georgian FM: Pompeo’s visit is of top importance, will bring substantial results

  • Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani stated that the meeting with Pompeo also concerned US-Georgia future cooperation for the coronavirus vaccine. Photo: Foreign Ministry press office., 18 Nov 2020 - 12:49, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani says that the visit of US State Secretary Mike Pompeo in Georgia is ‘very important which will bring substantial results.’ 

Zalkaliani stated after the meeting with Pompeo earlier today that ‘all issues of strategic partnership’ have been discussed during the meeting, including regional challenges and the coronavirus pandemic. 

Pompeo once again reaffirmed the US support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. We have discussed in details the serious security challenges Georgia faces and the current situation in the region. We agree with our strategic partner that it will be very difficult for Georgia to cope with the challenges without the support of the US,” Zalkaliani said. 

He stated that the US has expressed readiness to further strengthen the strategic partnership. 

We have seen the readiness from the US to further strengthen the strategic partnership which is at an all-time high. It was a very important meeting taking the time and its content into consideration,” Zalkaliani stated. 

Zalkaliani stated that a close cooperation with the US on the issues of coronavirus will be ‘very significant.’ 

He said that the US has already ensured large financial aid for Georgia and the US-built Lugar Centre has played a ‘key role’ in the fight against the virus.

Cooperation with the US on the coronavirus vaccine will be crucial for Georgia to be one of the first countries which will receive the vaccine from American producers,” Zalkaliani said. 

Pompeo has already met with Georgian PM Giorgi Gakharia, President Salome Zurabishvili, Catholics Patriarch Ilia II and civil society representatives. 

He will leave Georgia in the afternoon.