“We are waiting for cooperation with the new Parliament of Georgia"-Ian Kelly

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Friday, 18 November 2016 15:59

“We are waiting for cooperation with the new Parliament of Georgia and the new Government”-this statement was made by US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly today in Kutaisi.
As the Ambassador said, being in Kutaisi is a great honor for him.
“This day is too important for Georgia because this is a first day of Parliamentary session. We are waiting for cooperation with the new Parliament of Georgia and the new Government. We already have deep cooperation with Georgian government and we are ready for future acts,”-Ian Kelly said. 

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