Ambassador Kelly’s Comments at the Funeral of Private Vasili Kuljanisvhili (September 29)

“I am here together with my wife Francesca, on behalf of the people of the United States, to express our heartfelt condolences for the loss of one of Georgia’s bravest and most heroic sons.  Vasili was in Afghanistan for the same reason that we are in Afghanistan – standing for the same values that the United States stands for.  And I just want to say at this very, very sad time that our hearts go out to the family of Vasili, to his friends, and to all the Georgian people, [and I want] to assure you all that the United States stands with Georgia at this very difficult time.”