Georgian PM, US Congress members discuss strategic partnership, security challenges

  • The meeting at the Government Administration also focused on the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine and the impact of the war on the security environment in the region. Photo: Government Administration

Agenda.ge, 22 Apr 2022 - 13:11, Tbilisi,Georgia

Questions of deepening the Georgia-United States strategic partnership, and the security challenges in the Black Sea region were discussed on Friday in a meeting between Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and a US Congressional delegation on visit to the country. 

The meeting focused on the strategic partnership between the two countries, the Government Administration said, adding the sides had highlighted the visit of the delegation as “another confirmation” of the “strong support” of the United States as Georgia's “main strategic partner” and its role in strengthening the country’s democratic institutions, defence capabilities, and economic development.

Garibashvili reaffirmed readiness for “close cooperation” in order to further strengthen the partnership in defence, trade, economy and investment. Georgia “was and remains a strong and reliable partner of the United States in the [Black Sea] region and abroad,” the head of the Georgian Government said.

The meeting at the Government Administration also focused on the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine and the impact of the war on the security environment in the region. 

The steps taken by the Georgian Government to support Ukraine and its people, in both political and humanitarian dimensions - including in support and sponsoring of resolutions related to the war in international formats - were also emphasised by the parties. The Georgian PM said more than 500 tons of humanitarian aid had been sent from Georgia to Ukraine and that the process was continuing.

Garibashvili thanked the members of the Congressional delegation for the bipartisan support for Georgia in the US Congress, with the visiting officials reaffirming the “unwavering support” of the Congress for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.

The US delegation, led by Senator Coons, is on an official visit to meet with senior Government officials and civil society leaders across several countries to discuss the importance of sustaining and strengthening the Trans-Atlantic Alliance.

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