Ambassador’s Statement to Media Regarding the Borjomi Wildfire (August 22)

Ambassador Kelly making statement regarding the Borjomi wildfire
Ambassador Kelly making statement regarding the Borjomi wildfire

Let me say, first of all, that I’ve been in close contact with senior officials from this government starting last night, late last night, continuing into today.  We understand that the fire is extremely worrisome, extremely difficult.  We know that hundreds of Georgian firefighters are in harm’s way.  We, as Georgia’s partner, would like to support your efforts and so I’ve requested from the U.S. Government additional assistance.  We’ve been in touch with both U.S. military, the European Command in Germany, and with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and I think the key will be to see where we can provide additional assistance.  I know that other countries have also stepped up.  Countries that are close-by have been able to provide some immediate response equipment to extinguish the fire and we’ll be in close contact with the government to see where we can also give assistance.  And, again, our thoughts and prayers go to the brave firefighters who are fighting this fire in a very beautiful area of Georgia, one of my favorite areas,  Borjomi.