Ambassador Kelly joins President Margvelashvili’s visit to Pankisi Gorge (January 30)

presmargOn January 30 Ambassador Kelly joined President Margvelashvili on a visit to Duisi where they met local residents.

Speaking to reporters, Ambassador Kelly said, “First of all I want to thank the President for inviting me to come along to this beautiful region of Georgia. I think you know that the United States really wants Georgia to succeed as a democracy, and I think that an inclusive society is a strong democracy.   And this is why we want to support the President in his visit to Duisi today.”Duisi-2

In response to a question on America’s position regarding allegations of terrorist training camps in the Pankisi Gorge area.

Ambassador Kelly: “Actually I have already answered this question. The Prime Minister has stated unequivocally that there are no training centers for terrorists here in the Pankisi Gorge and you have heard the President repeat that.  And we of course cooperate very closely with Georgia in the
fight against terrorism, and I take their words at face value. There are no training camps for terrorists in the Pankisi Gorge.”