Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Ilia State University (May 31)

Ambassador Ian Kelly during his remarks. Photo: State Dept
Ambassador Ian Kelly during his remarks. Photo: State Dept
Ambassador Ian Kelly during his remarks. Photo: State Dept

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Ilia State University (May 31)

Question about the event

Ambassador Kelly:
This year we celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations. So, I was invited by the rector to come and speak, and I thought I would take the opportunity to look back at everything that we have accomplished together and look forward as well, to where Georgia is going and where our partnership is going.

Question about what questions the Ambassador expects from students

Ambassador Kelly:
I hope and I expect that I will get some good questions about the future.   Georgia has many aspirations, particularly to join the western community of nations, NATO and the EU.  We have made a big investment in Georgia, and we would like to see Georgia succeed. So, I hope we have a good dialogue.

Question about how informed students are about US-Georgian relations

Ambassador Kelly:
I think they are very well informed. Students at this university are very interested in international relations and in our strategic partnership. Question about how the case with Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli might affect Georgia’s international image

Ambassador Kelly:

These are very serious allegations and I am very concerned about them.  I think all Georgians are concerned about them.  That is why we are following this case closely. We look forward to getting more information from the government and we understand that the Ministry of Interior is looking into the circumstances of this. The allegations are very troubling, but we need more information, so I will not comment beyond that.