Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with US President

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:30

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with US President Donald Trump. The meeting was held at the Oval Office. At the beginning of the meeting President Trump emphasized that Georgia is an important ally and a strategic partner of the USA. The leaders discussed significant issues and future plans for the US-Georgia relations.
President Trump expressed the US Government's full support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. At the end of the meeting Prime Minister Kvirikashvili invited President Trump to Georgia.

U.S. Congressmen have sent Donald Trump a letter supporting Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 04 May 2017 17:55

30 congressmen of the United House of Representatives sent a letter to President Donald Trump commemorating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Georgia. The letter initiated by the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Georgia, Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Gerald Connolly (D-Virginia) represents a clear example of U.S. bipartisan support for Georgia. The letter is signed by congressmen of both branches of the Congress: Republicans and Democrats.
The letter recognizes the U.S. strong commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. Besides, the Congressmen call on the President to launch negotiations on a free trade agreement with Georgia and to deepen a high-level dialogue on trade and investments. The Congressmen also urge the President to continue to support Georgia on its path of integration with NATO. The letter recognizes the strong strategic partnership between the two countries and encourages the Administration to strengthen even further this partnership.
“Over the last 25 years, Georgia has continued to develop its democratic institutions. Georgia has achieved substantial progress in both political and economic development by strengthening its institutions, reducing government regulation, fighting corruption, and simplifying its tax code. Georgia’s accomplishments are even more striking against the backdrop of continued Russian military aggression. Russia has illegally occupied twenty percent of Georgian territory since it invaded Georgia in 2008. Russian troops have continued the process of creeping annexation and frequently commit human rights violations and kidnappings throughout the occupied regions and adjacent territories” – reads the letter.  
“Despite its own security challenges, Georgia plays a significant role in ensuring global security, namely in the fight against terrorism. Georgia is a committed and reliable U.S. partner, most notably manifested by serving shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. This country of less than four million people is one of the largest troop contributors to the international mission in Afghanistan, and Georgian soldiers have been killed in combat. Georgia’s military spending also exceeds two percent of its GDP, a benchmark that only five NATO member states currently meet. We ask that you continue historical U.S. support for Georgia’s bid to join NATO” – the Congressmen write in their letter to Donald Trump.
According to the letter, Georgia has a business-friendly environment and is a natural home for U.S. companies that want to do business in the wider Caucasus and Black Sea region. As a result, U.S. trade with Georgia has grown significantly over the past decade. In 2016, the U.S. exported over $324 million of goods to Georgia. We strongly encourage the Administration to make progress toward negotiations on a U.S.- Georgia Free Trade Agreement. The U.S.-Georgia High-Level Dialogue on Trade and Investment should produce a clear understanding of the commitments and obligations required for negotiations on a free trade agreement. Such an agreement would be beneficial for the U.S., Georgia, and the entire Caucasus and Central Asian region”.
“Georgia has been a reliable and strategic partner of the United States for more than 25 years. In December 2016, the Parliament of Georgia passed a bipartisan resolution affirming the U.S. as the major strategic partner and ally of Georgia. In September 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own resolution (H.Res.660), introduced by Georgia Caucus co-chairs Representatives Gerald E. Connolly and Ted Poe, expressing its unwavering support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. We reaffirm our bipartisan commitment to support Georgia and encourage the Administration to strengthen the strategic relationship. It is critical that the United States sends a strong message that we stand with Georgia, just as its people have done for us” -  reads the joint letter of Republican and Democrat Congressmen to U.S. President Donald Trump.


Davit Bakradze met with Donald Trump

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 17:33

US President has hosted Georgian Ambassador to the United States. The meeting between Davit Bakradze and Donald Trump was held at the White House. US Leader held an introductory meeting with the newly appointed Ambassadors. He congratulated Davit Bakradze on starting his mission and wished him success. 

Prime Minister’s congratulation to Donald Trump

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:19

The Prime Minister of Georgia once again congratulated Donald Trump on his election as 45th US President and wished him success. According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia has been, and will always remain, the main ally of the United States of America in the region. He also expressed hope for even greater strategic cooperation between the two countries.
"I congratulate Mr. Trump on his election as 45th US President. I wish him success in overcoming challenges, both domestic and global. A strong America is vital for ensuring global peace and stability. Georgia is, and will always be, America's reliable and staunch partner in the region. Our institutional strategic format of relations includes numerous directions, such as defense and security, economy, trade and energy, democratic development, and people-to-people contacts. Under our charter, Georgia will continue its close cooperation with the United States of America to achieve mutually beneficial results. I certainly hope for positive results of our cooperation. Since regaining Georgia's independence, the US has been a steadfast supporter of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and our major partner," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated at today's Government meeting.


Washington-Tbilisi relations will remain strong-Ian Kelly

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Monday, 23 January 2017 16:57

Ian Kelly thinks that Washington-Tbilisi relations will remain strong under the Administration of US new President Donald Trump.
According to US Ambassador to Georgia, he hopes that the appointment of new Secretary of State will happen within the next day. As Kelly stated, Trump administration has expressed the desire to negotiate bilateral trade agreements. 

Donald Trump's Inauguration Ceremony to hold today

Published in World
Friday, 20 January 2017 15:05

Donald Trump's inauguration is almost upon us – the 45th President of the United States will take office just ten weeks after stunning America and the world by winning the US election. The eyes of the world will be on Mr Trump as he takes the Oath of Office, and offers his inaugural address. He will replace Barack Obama in the White House, but not before a ceremony that dates back to George Washington.
The US election was held on November 8, 2016, but Donald Trump does not officially become president until midday on January 20. Until 1933, the new president was inaugurated on March 4, four months after election day. This was then shortened to around two months with the ratification of the 20th Amendment.
The time between US election and inauguration allows for the incumbent, or 'lame duck', president to tie up any loose ends, and for the incoming president to prepare for his tenure by working on policy and appointing his cabinet.
But the main reason for the delay is to allow for the election to continue. On November 8, members of the public cast their votes – but not directly for who they want to be president.



Japan PM: 'I have great confidence in Trump'

Published in Politics
Friday, 18 November 2016 12:00

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has said he has "great confidence" in US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes they can build a relationship of trust. Mr Abe described the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York, as "candid", with a "warm atmosphere".
Some of Mr Trump's campaign rhetoric cast doubt over long-standing US alliances, including with Japan. The meeting was Mr Trump's first face-to-face with a world leader since winning the presidential election.
The US and Japan have been key allies since the end of World War Two, when the US helped Japan rebuild its economy. The president-elect has vowed to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which Mr Abe strenuously supports as a means of countering China's growing economic strength.
The deal was approved by the Japanese parliament, despite the likelihood that the deal will be cancelled when Mr Trump takes office. Mr Trump has also said Japan needs to pay more to maintain US troops on its soil, and has floated the idea that Japan and South Korea should develop their own nuclear weapons to counter the threat from North Korean missiles. The meeting was reportedly arranged when Mr Abe rang the president-elect to congratulate him, mentioning that he would be passing through New York on the way to an Asia-Pacific trade summit in Peru.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Abe said: "We were able to have a very candid talk over a substantial amount of time. We held it in a very warm atmosphere.
"I do believe that without confidence between the two nations the alliance would never function in the future and as the outcome of today's discussion I am convinced Mr Trump is a leader in whom I can have great confidence in."

Anti-Trump Protests in US

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:45

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several US cities to protest against the election of Donald Trump. Many shouted the slogan "Not my president". Others burned orange-haired effigies of the businessman.
Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton. He is due to meet current White House incumbent Barack Obama for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition.
Mr Obama - who had branded Mr Trump "unfit" for office and campaigned against him - urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday's election. "We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," he said. Defeated Mrs Clinton also told supporters Mr Trump had to be given a "chance to lead".

Prime Minister of Georgia Congratulates Donald Trump on Winning US Presidential Elections

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:20

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential elections. The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government of Georgia is committed to continuing cooperation with the US under the new Administration.
"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his victory in the presidential elections. American people voted for change, oriented on making US even stronger.
Our relations have been built for the interest of both nations, since Georgia regained its independence. Based on the history on mutual trust and confidence, we have developed strong, comprehensive and deep strategic partnership between our two nations.
We are committed to continue working with the US under the new leadership and administration for ensuring peace, security, development and freedom in our countries, region and beyond," reads the Prime Minister's congratulations letter.

US election: Trump 'encourages Russia to hack Clinton emails'

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 12:05

Donald Trump has "actively encouraged" foreign powers to hack his presidential rival Hillary Clinton, her camp says. Mrs Clinton did not hand over 30,000 emails as part of an investigation into her private email server as they contained private details.
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Mr Trump said on Wednesday. "I think you'll be rewarded mightily by our press."
The emails would contain some "beauties", he said. Soon after, he wrote on Twitter that if anyone had the emails, they should hand them over to the FBI. His appeal comes as Russia stands accused of hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for Mr Trump's benefit. Both Russia and Mr Trump deny the allegation.
"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," Jake Sullivan, Mrs Clinton's senior policy adviser, said. "This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."
In a statement released within an hour of Mr Trump's comments, his vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence said there would be "serious consequences" if the FBI could prove Russia was attempting to interfere with the election.

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