Ambassador Norland on former PM Ivanishvili’s remarks on NGOs (January 29)

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“I know Mr. Ivanishvili gave a long interview yesterday and I’m still going through it, but I know that Mr. Ivanishvili always says what he thinks and it is generating interesting discussion. Of course, the role of dialogue and free exchange of ideas is a critical part of democracy, as are strong media sector, strong NGO sector and I think Mr. Ivanishvili’s voice is obviously very important part of that too. I will say that we at the U.S. Embassy have had, and continue to hav,e excellent relationships with GYLA, with Transparency International and with ISFED.”