Janelidze: “we are committed to deepen co-operation with the U.S. as a strategic partner of Georgia”

 20.12.2017, Tbilisi - Speaking at the joint hearing of the Parliament’s Diaspora, European Integration and Foreign Relations committees on 20 December, Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze  highly appraised the progress made by Georgia in terms of strategic partnership with the U.S.
According to him, the unprecedentedly high level of contacts with the new U.S. Administration and the Congress, the regular visits of  the Georgian Prime Minister, Minister (including 4 visits of the Foreign Minister) and various MPs to the U.S., the U.S. Vice President’s visit to Georgia, the decision to transfer defence systems to Georgia; promotion of Georgia’s defence capabilities under  the Georgia Defence Readiness Program; deepening of co-operation in the areas of trade and investments and the involvement of U.S. companies in large-scale infrastructure projects.

Mikheil Janelidze also highlighted the importance of the act passed by the United States Congress, which prevents the U.S administration from providing financial assistance to governments that support independence of the Russian-occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. The Minister also paid special attention to the U.S. Secretary of State’s active participation in the work of the NATO-Georgia Commission and his public statement in support for Georgia’s integration with NATO.