Georgian PM discusses “importance of strategic ties” with US state department senior advisor

US ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan and Georgian government administration head Revaz Javelidze also attended a Wednesday meeting between Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili and US official Philip Reeker. Photo: government press office, 01 Dec 2022 - 11:28, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili on Wednesday discussed the importance of the United States-Georgia strategic partnership and the “positive dynamic” in existing cooperation with Philip Reeker, the state department senior adviser for Caucasus negotiations and the Geneva International Discussions. 

The government administration said the officials expressed their “full readiness” to further strengthen cooperation at a working dinner in Tbilisi. 

Discussing the security situation in the South Caucasus region and his initiative to mediate between Azerbaijan and Armenia in their dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Garibashvili noted “negotiations are the only and important way to resolve any conflict and move forward”. 

In June 2021, Garibashvili and Reeker brokered a deal which involved Azerbaijan’s release of 15 Armenian prisoners of war in exchange for receiving from Armenia a map of landmines in the Agdam district of the region. 

In the agreement, which followed the most recent flare-up of the conflict over the region, the captives were handed over to Armenia on the Azerbaijani-Georgian border, with the Georgian authorities attending the swap.