Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at St Andrew’s University-Northern Kentucky University Event

Question about the event

Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today at St. Andrew’s University for the opening of the Joint Cybersecurity Master’s Degree program implemented by St. Andrews University in partnership with Northern Kentucky University. This program brings together the best of Georgian and American education innovation and offers Georgian students the opportunity for an American cybersecurity education here in Georgia. The graduates of this program will not only have expanded professional opportunities as a result, but they will be able to contribute to helping Georgia with cybersecurity here in Georgia. This is an area that we know is of great importance for all of our countries, and we are happy to see this collaboration between St. Andrews and Northern Kentucky Universities. We also very much appreciate the collaboration with the Patriarchate, the Georgian Orthodox Church, Northern Kentucky University, and the United States government. We’re happy to help bring these two institutions together so that they can begin a new partnership. I have a feeling that a cybersecurity master’s degree program is only the beginning of the partnership between St. Andrews and Northern Kentucky University.

Question about the Gvaramia decision 

Ambassador Degnan: You saw the United States government statement, as well as the European Union’s statement, and that of many other European friends of Georgia. Everything the United States has done in Georgia over the past 30 years has been in support of the clear choice of the Georgian people for a secure, prosperous, democratic future. The importance of an impartial judiciary is central to that future, and anything that even has the appearance of politicization, or political prosecution, puts that Euro-Atlantic future at risk. This is a pledge that Georgia’s leaders, including the ruling party, made to the Georgian people in the Parliamentary elections to achieve the next important step on Georgia’s path to this Euro-Atlantic future. Anything that interferes with that right now, or even puts it at risk, is of great concern. In the United States, we protect and cherish the independence of our judiciary because we know that an impartial judiciary is the foundation of our democracy. That is what gives it the resilience and the strength to withstand the different challenges and tests of time, and we want the same for the people of Georgia. The Georgian people have said over and over again that they want a strong democracy. They want a Euro-Atlantic future, and the United States will continue to support the people of Georgia in achieving that aspiration. That is what we have been doing for 30 years, and that is what we will continue to do because we truly believe in Georgia’s success, and we want to see this country be stable, peaceful, and prosperous.