New U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a phone talk today, discussing Georgia among others.
According to the readout from the U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price, with the Russian counterpart Secretary Blinken “raised Russian interference in the 2020 United States election, its military aggression in Ukraine and Georgia, the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny, and the SolarWinds incident, among other issues.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry also released a press brief after the phone talk, without any reference to the question of Georgia being a discussion topic, however.
Giorgi Gakharia on Michael Pompeo’s upcoming visit: It is yet another demonstration of the all-time high level of Georgia-US strategic partnershipThursday, 12 November 2020 15:34
During today's meeting of the Interagency Coordination Council, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia commented on the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to Georgia, scheduled for November 17-18.
The Head of Government emphasized that it is yet another demonstration of the importance and all-time high level of Georgia-US strategic partnership.
"Our meeting will firstly discuss issues pertaining to the US-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, and we will, of course, speak about the current developments in the South Caucasus, Georgia's further democratization, and economic and security issues. These topics have been suggested by our partners, and we are preparing to discuss them. We all must understand that it is not just a visit by the Secretary of State of our partner country; it is also a visit by Georgia's friend, and we will do everything to make sure that this visit further deepens the remarkable strategic partnership between the US and Georgia, especially in the direction of the critically important ongoing developments in the South Caucasus which will have a serious impact on our country's everyday life, security, and future.
Consequently, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and despite the challenges we are facing today, we must be fully focused on making ready for this visit," the Prime Minister said.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Georgia welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s forthcoming visit to Georgia scheduled for 17 and 18 NovemberWednesday, 11 November 2020 11:00
Georgia welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s forthcoming visit to Georgia scheduled for 17 and 18 November, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reports.
Within the framework of the visit, the Secretary of State will hold meetings with Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, President Salome Zourabichvili and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani. Mike Pompeo will also meet with Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II.
High-level meetings within the scope of the Secretary of State’s visit will focus on the priorities under the United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, as well as on prospects for further enhancing cooperation in the areas of defence an security, trade and economy, democracy, people-to-people contacts, education and cultural exchanges.
The parties will discuss the security environment in Georgia and the wider region and will highlight cooperation between the countries as a way to further strengthen regional and international security. Talking points will also include the democratic and economic reforms taking place in Georgia.
The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to Georgia once again points to the firmness of U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership and reaffirms the commitment of the two countries to enhance their cooperation aimed at further reinforcing the partnership based on shared values and vision. The visit provides yet another proof that the United States remains strongly committed to supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the country’s continuous democratic development and European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
"I am glad to be visiting Georgia prior to the NATO Warsaw Summit, since I am well aware that joining the Alliance is one of your top priorities. We recognize the importance of the reforms that you have embraced," - with these words the US Department of State John Kerry started the meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Pursuant to John Kerry, the US Government prides itself on its contribution to the development of Georgia and recognizes challenges faced by the country.
"We are proud to be contributing to the process of defining the future of your country. Currently the US contribution is 4.5 billion USD. Our tireless work in the security area that represents one of the important components of strategic partnership," - US Secretary of State indicated.
Main aspects of US-Georgia strategic partnership were discussed during the meeting. The outcomes of 25 years of bilateral partnership as well as perspectives of deepening partnership were highlighted. It was hoped that the agenda of US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter would further reinforce development of relations.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili and John Kerry discussed Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes and indicated progress achieved in this regard. According to the Prime Minister, during the Warsaw NATO Summit, Georgia expects recognition of progress attained in view of its North Atlantic integration.
Reforms embraced in view of strengthening of democratic values and promoting economic development in Georgia were discussed. Importance of the US involvement in the reform process was highlighted.
The conversation also touched upon the Parliamentary elections scheduled in October 2016 as well as need of ensuring free, transparent and peaceful environment.
Prime Minister thanked John Kerry once again for his visit to Georgia and assessed this trip as a gesture of unwavering support of the US to Georgia and partnership between the countries.
“I’m glad to visit Georgia before the NATO Warsaw Summit because I understand that to be the member of Alliance is your priority.- this statement was made by the US Secretary of State John Kerry before the meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
According to him, this is his first visit in Georgia and he is glad to be here.
“I understand all the challenges you have and I am proud that we contribute in the future of your country. The US Contribution is 4,5 bl US dollars now. We are working to help you in defence issues,”-John Kerry said.