Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17)

Giorgi Kekelidze,Director of National Parliamentary Library (Left) and U.S. Ambassador Ian Kelly. Photo: State Dept
Giorgi Kekelidze,Director of National Parliamentary Library (Left) and U.S. Ambassador Ian Kelly. Photo: State Dept
Giorgi Kekelidze,Director of National Parliamentary Library (Left) and U.S. Ambassador Ian Kelly. Photo: State Dept

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17)


Q-n about the event

Ambassador Kelly:  This is gift from the Embassy—it’s over 1,000 books and of course we are very grateful to the National [Parliamentary] Library for hosting this collection.  This additional donation will update their collection; with books you constantly need to renew your collections and we are happy to do that.  But I am also very happy that a number of books will also go outside of Tbilisi to the villages.  It’s not just books, as well, we have videos, we have games for younger Georgians to play and these games will help them learn English as well.  As someone who is a very avid reader this is a very pleasant event for me to participate in.

Q-n about new barbed wire at the ABL and the statement by Bibilov, saying that he should build wall like America will build the wall along the Mexican Border.

Ambassador Kelly:  Well, that’s pretty easy.  Because we don’t recognize any border that Mr. Bibilov is talking about, we don’t recognize that as an international border.  Therefore any moves toward creating any kind of artificial barrier between the peoples of the South Ossetia region and the rest of Georgia we would consider to be illegitimate, illegal, and not a step in the right direction.  There should be fewer obstacles to contact between people on each side of this administrative boundary line.  So we would just see this as illegitimate and a step in the wrong direction.

Q-n that recently president Trump sad that this year might be last for the green year lottery.  So what is the official comment from the embassy on this?

Ambassador Kelly:  This is a matter for the Congress to adjudicate.  There will be discussions on how we best manage our immigration into the United States.  I think that what the United States stands for is managed legal immigration into the United States.  Of course this will be a matter of discussion between the White House and Congress.  But again, it’s Congress’ decision, how to manage our legal immigration and of course we encourage contacts between Georgia and the United States, so I don’t anticipate any limitation on these kinds of contacts and travel between the United States and Georgia itself.  But there will be a broader discussion between Congress and the White House on how to manage legal immigration.

Q-n about the reorganization in the cabinet and Government ministries

Ambassador Kelly:  We support the main purpose behind this, which of course is to streamline Government, consolidate activities, and as such, we can only welcome such streamlining and as you say, optimization of governance in Georgia.  We look forward to meeting the new Ministers who have been appointed, and of course we know them already, and look forward to cooperating with them.