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The head of American diplomacy also called for the continuation of democratic reforms
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Georgian leaders in Tbilisi on Wednesday to express support for Georgia’s sovereignty and strengthening of democratic institutions.
During his next stop on his tour of the allied countries of Europe and the Middle East, Pompeo held talks with Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, after which he met with Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.
Gakharia called US-Georgian relations “the most important partnership” for his country, noting that Georgia is grateful to the US for supporting its territorial integrity.
“At a meeting with Zurabishvili, the Secretary of State reaffirmed the US commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and praised the country’s significant contribution to the fight against global terrorism,” the US Embassy in Tbilisi said Wednesday.
Russia occupied two separatist regions of Georgia – South Ossetia and Abkhazia – after a short war in 2008.
The State Department said that Pompeo, in particular, called for further progress on democratic reforms in Georgia.
At the beginning of the meeting with Gakharia and Zalkaliani, Pompeo referred to the need for free and fair elections, as well as creating conditions for full-fledged debate.
From Georgia, Pompeo will travel to Israel, where he will discuss with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Israel’s recent agreements to normalize relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates..
After that, he will visit the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
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