Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks Following Meetings at Parliament

Question about the Ambassador’s meetings Ambassador Degnan:  Today was a good opportunity to meet with the new Speaker of Parliament and to hear about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. It was also an opportunity to talk with the chairman of the ruling party and hear their priorities for the coming session. We were …

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Amb. Degnan and Foreign Minister Zalkaliani’s Video Message Following a Telephone Call with European and Eurasian Bureau Assistant Secretary Donfried

“It is an honor to welcome Foreign Minister Zalkaliani to the U.S. Embassy this evening.  The Foreign Minister and I just finished consultations with Assistant Secretary Karen Donfried about our efforts to respond to Russia’s aggressive actions.  We discussed the high-level diplomacy that happened this week in Europe as we work with all our Allies …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Millennium Innovation Award’s Gala

I am very honored to be here today for the seventh annual Millennium Innovation Awards.  This is a United States government-funded award that is organized by the Millennium Foundation. The purpose is to promote STEM education: science technology, engineering, mathematics in Georgia, and also to promote the exchange of ideas and help Georgian students bring …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits International Black Sea University

Last week Ambassador Degnan visited the American Studies Program at International Black Sea University (IBSU), met with faculty, students and alumni of the program, and participated in an open conversation with students about regional security and the foundational role their program plays in strengthening ties between the U.S. and Georgia. By empowering the future generation …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

We appreciated the opportunity to meet with the committee chairs. We raised our concerns about the draft legislation pertaining to the State Inspector service, in particular provisions that would result in the dismissal of the entire staff of the State Inspector service. We also questioned the need to rush this through in an expedited fashion. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media Following her Meeting with the State Inspector

This meeting was an important opportunity to talk with the State Inspector and her team. The State Inspector plays a very important role in Georgia in protecting citizens’ rights. Their job is to investigate potential crimes by public servants and to hold public servants accountable to the citizens. It’s a difficult job, but it’s an …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Launch of the Campaign Against Drunk Driving

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very important event. I’m very pleased to be here to join the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the launch of a public service announcement about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The U.S. Embassy is very proud to have cooperated coordinated with …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media Following her Meeting with Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee

Q-n about the topics discussed Ambassador Degnan: We had a very useful discussion about the delegation’s recent trip to Washington DC. They gave me a readout on their various meetings with Congress, with the State Department, and with civil society.  It was a very useful visit to discuss bilateral relations between Georgia and the United …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Cybercrimes Investigation Course Graduation

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today for the graduation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Cyber Crimes Investigation training. This is another example of the kind of training that the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency has been providing to our partners in Georgia for many years. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Emergency Operations Center Workshop Graduation

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The Emergency Operation Center training is just another example of the kind of training that the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency has been doing for years to help build Georgia’s capacity, to counter weapons of mass destruction threats, and other kinds of emergencies in Georgia and the region. The …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Wounded Warrior Charity Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It is a tremendous privilege for me to be here at this event to honor the hundreds of Georgians who have been wounded serving their country as soldiers. The United States is very honored to have helped establish the Wounded Warrior Center, including a contribution of over $4 …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Opening of Zaza Pachulia’s Shoot 360 Facility

Q-n about the opening of Shoot 360 Ambassador Degnan: It is a huge pleasure for me to be here today at the opening of ZazaPachulia’s Shoot 360 basketball center. This is a training facility with state-of-the-art technology and coaching to help young people polish their basketball skills. It’s more than that though. It’s also about …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Media Engagement on Sidelines the of Bench and Bar Event

Q- n about today’s event, the Bench and Bar discussions, and the US role in supporting Georgia’s judiciary reforms  Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I think it is a good example of the continued work that’s happening here in Georgia to improve the judicial system, to build on the reforms that have taken place over the last …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at C Hepatitis Elimination Progress Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan:  This is a very important event today and a huge success for Georgia in its efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C. The United States, through our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is very, very proud to have partnered with Georgia’s NCDC and the Ministry of Health over the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Signing Agreement with Gulf Georgia on UGRAD

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very happy to be here today to celebrate the launch of a wonderful partnership, with the generosity of Gulf Georgia, working with World Learning, to partner to allow 10 Georgian undergraduate students to go to the United States, to study for a semester to expand their …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Ministry of Defense GDRP Closing Assessment

  I am here at the Ministry of Defense for the assessment by the Georgian Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense on successes of the Georgian Defense Readiness Program, which is concluding after four years. This is an opportunity to look at all of the accomplishments that have been made in the course of …

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Wishing Mr. Shota Kakulia great success when he attends the FBI’s National Academy in January!

Today, Ambassador Degnan, Legal Attaché Heather Bergey, and Resident Legal Advisors met and congratulated Mr. Kakulia on his selection, and discussed what he could expect at Quantico. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for the U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USAID Christmas Fair

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m here at Dedaena park in Tbilisi on this beautiful day with almost a hundred entrepreneurs from all over Georgia for the USA ID holiday fair. I’ve been doing some early Christmas shopping from all of the beautiful products that are on sale here made by businesses, many …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Adventure Tourism School Event in Sighnaghi

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I’m really delighted to be here today at Lost Ridge in Signaghi for the launch of a wonderful new program that is designed to encourage young people, especially young women, to start a career in adventure tourism field. When you come to Georgia and you see the fantastic natural …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at UN Women Meeting on Enhancing Access To Justice for Sexual Violence Victims

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a very important meeting to raise awareness about the crime of sexual violence and rape against women and children and girls, and to raise awareness about the grave widespread human rights violation that this represents around the world, including in Georgia. The goal is to harmonize …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Amcham Roundtable

Q-n about Mikheil Saakashvili attending his trial for the first time:  do you foresee political retaliation during/after this process? Ambassador Kelly Degnan: We are very glad that Mr. Saakashvili’s condition allows him to attend today.  He is stabilized and he is able to attend his hearing. The United States as well as others called for …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the USAID Zrda Closing Event

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I’m really delighted to be here today to celebrate the successes that have come with the USAID Zrda Program. Over five years this has been a program that’s focused on supporting the resilience of Georgia’s rural communities, especially along the Administrative Boundary Line. This program has created good jobs …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Comments at the Women in Law Enforcement Conference

Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here for the graduation of the week-long Women in Law Enforcement conference here in Georgia. This conference brings together American and Georgian law enforcement professionals to improve capacities, build capabilities, and explore more leadership opportunities for women in law enforcement. Police officers here in Georgia are playing a …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Catapult Georgia Venture Capital Fund Announcement

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very excited to be here tonight to lay the foundation for Catapult Georgia – the first Silicon Valley venture capital fund in Georgia. Catapult Georgia is a dedicated venture fund up to $50 million focused on high growth, tech and innovation companies in Georgia. The aim is to …

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Maj. General David H. Tabor, Commander of Special Operations Command Europe arrived to Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia – Maj. General David H. Tabor, Commander of Special Operations Command Europe, arrived in Tbilisi today for meetings with Georgian senior military leaders to discuss ongoing training opportunities and implementation of the Resistance Operating Concept here in Georgia. As steadfast partners, Special Operations Command Europe and Georgia’s Special Operations Forces have trained together, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USS Mount Whitney and USS Porter Arrival Reception

Question about ship visit Ambassador Degnan: We are very, very pleased and I’m honored to welcome the crews of the USS Porter, the United States Navy destroyer, and the USS Mount Whitney, which is the United States Navy flagship for the Sixth Fleet. Mount Whitney was here in 2008 September, actually in Poti, bringing much-needed …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan Paid Her Respects to the Victims of the Collapsed Building in Batumi

On her first visit to Batumi since the October 8 tragedy, Ambassador Degnan laid flowers on behalf of the American people at the site where nine people died in an apartment building collapse. The Embassy community continues to extend its heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died and to the community of Batumi.

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Ministry of Health

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very important meeting with Minister Tikaradze and First Deputy Minister Gabunia. We are all very concerned about the very high rates of COVID here in Georgia. And of course, I’m watching carefully to see what can be done to bring those case levels down, but more …

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Ambassador’s Remarks to Media After Observing Election Process in Rustavi

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan: I’m very honored to be able to participate as an observer in these important elections. It’s a really important day for the people of Georgia. This is when the citizens come out and cast their votes, hold their leaders accountable, and make sure their leaders understand what their priorities …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Engagement on the Sidelines of Tbilisi Photo Festival

Q-n on the event Ambassador Degnan:  I’m very pleased to be here tonight at the opening of the Tbilisi Photo Festival. The United States Embassy is supporting this really stunning photography exhibit of Georgian American and European photographers over the last century. I think it’s worth coming here and spending some time to really absorb …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Comments at the Arrival of United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

We’re very honored to have Secretary of Defense Austin visiting us today.  His visit is a sign of the continued close cooperation between the United States and Georgia.  Our security cooperation continues—it’s one of the topics we will discuss during the meetings later today—what more the United States and Georgia can do together to increase …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of Literature Festival

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very very pleased to be here tonight for the opening of the Writer’s House Literary Festival. The United States Embassy has supported the Literary Festival for over six years.  This is the sixth annual event, and we are particularly delighted tonight because the festival is dedicated …

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Ambassador’s Remarks to Media After Visiting Precinct #54 in Gldani

Question about general assessment of the election process Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan: I’m here in Gldani as an election observer. This is one of several precincts that I’ve been able to come and observe during the course of the day. I’m happy to say that the ones that I’ve been to see have been calm. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Interaction at the USAID-Supported Kombucha Production Facility in Kharapila

Q-n about the opening of Kombucha production facility Ambassador Degnan: It is wonderful to be here today for the opening of this state-of-the-art production facility. We were here little over a year ago for the groundbreaking, and despite COVID, entrepreneurs behind this Kombucha factory started this new business in Kharapila near the Administrative Boundary Line. …

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Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating day of fall of Sokhumi

Sokhumi fell to Russian-backed forces 28 years ago today. This grave tragedy resulted in thousands losing their lives and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. We remember this day with sorrow and with the hope that remains in the hearts of so many internally displaced people. To mark this anniversary and pay tribute to …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Ministry of Defense Following Virtual Meeting Between Minister Burchuladze and the Honorable Jim Locher

I want to thank Minister Burchuladze and the Ministry of Defense for hosting this very important event on Organizational Change Management with Dr. Jim Locher. Dr. Locher has had a distinguished career at the White House, the Pentagon, and in Congress, and is an international expert on Organizational Change Management. The United States and Georgia …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the American Culture Center

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a fantastic new initiative, the American Culture Center that was launched today and designed to bring together Americans and Georgians, and show how much we have in common, how many initiatives we are doing together, and to look for new opportunities to continue this strong partnership. We are delighted to be able to …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of the Georgian Deployment Program

Major General Matiashvili, General King and Sergeant Major McDonald, Soldiers of the Georgian Defense Forces, and United States Marines. It is a great honor for me to be here today for the closing ceremony of the Georgia Deployment Program. The dedication of the Georgian Ministry of Defense and the Georgian Defense Forces is the main …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at FBI Law Enforcement Crisis Management Training

I’m very pleased to be here today for the conclusion of three-day training practicing crisis management. This was an opportunity to bring together Georgian and the United States law enforcement agencies to practice coordination for responding to a crisis. We all know that crises like natural disasters, or violent criminal incidents, or pandemics can come …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Message at Georgian Defense Readiness Program Graduation

This graduation today is another great example of the strong partnership between the United States and Georgia. The Georgian Defense Readiness Program has trained nine Georgian battalions the past three years. United States Army Europe and the Ministry of Defense designed and executed this training program together at Georgia’s request to improve Georgia’s combat readiness, …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to media in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Q-n: What is the purpose of the visit? Why after 2 years, as I remember, since you became Ambassador of the USA to Georgia, and only now you have come to Samtskhe-Javakheti, to Javakheti in particular?  Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am delighted to be able to visit Samtskhe-Javakheti. My first year, of course, because of Covid, I was …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Concluding Ceremony of Agile Spirit 2021

Q-n about today’s event and the importance of this exercise for interoperability and defense capabilities. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very honored to be here today for the successful conclusion of Agile Spirit 2021 military exercise. This is an important example of the shared values that Georgia has with its NATO allies and friends. We had …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of Georgia’s First Criminal Evidence Storage Facility

This is why we have exchange programs! Following a trip to the United States to learn more about evidence management, representatives from the Prosecution Service of Georgia built a modern evidence storage facility. This will improve the chain of custody of evidence in criminal cases according to international standards, bolstering public trust in the justice …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Media Engagement at the Agile Spirit Paratroopers’ Jump Exercises at Vaziani

Ambassador Degnan: This is a very exciting event today to watch the paratroopers. Georgia, the United States, the U.K., Poland – many NATO partners and Allies jumped today here in Georgia on this gorgeous day. This is also a very important event as it demonstrates that our forces are ready, they are interoperable, and they …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan’s Remarks on World Park Ranger Day at Tbilisi National Park

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today to honor Georgia’s park rangers, and the contributions they are making every day to environmental protection, and to helping stimulate economic growth in Georgia’s rural communities.  This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the service of Georgia’s park rangers, who do so much to protect Georgia’s …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at the USAID Secure Energy Event at Kartli Wind Farm

Q-n about today’s event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am here at Kartli Wind Farm to launch USAID’s program to help strengthen Georgia’s energy security. For the next five years, USAID is going to work with public and private partners to modernize Georgia’s energy infrastructure and stimulate investment in new climate-friendly clean energy sources of production. The …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting the Public Defender Nino Lomjaria

Q-n: the question about the meeting and the topics discussed. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very good opportunity to talk with the Public Defender and her team about some important human rights issues that Georgia is facing today. The Public Defender’s Office plays such an important role in any democracy, but I think particularly …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting with Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze

Q-n about the topics discussed at the meeting with Minister Tikaradze and the vaccination process in Georgia Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The United States is very pleased to be able to donate COVID vaccines to help the people of Georgia. My meeting today with Minister Tikaradze was to discuss the logistics.  It is quite complicated, and we …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at 100 Women Entrepreneurs’ Fair by USAID YES-Georgia

Ambassador Degnan: It’s really wonderful to be here today with 100 female entrepreneurs from all over Georgia. Many of them have been supported by USAID, the United States Embassy, with our private partner Crystal Micro Finance, to help with financing, training, professional mentorship, so that they could get their businesses going and the United States …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to the Media at Launch of Georgian Tourism Industry Alliance

Q: about the event Ambassador Degnan: This is a wonderful initiative that brings together tourism associations to share their best practices, make a stronger voice, and work together to reinvigorate Georgia’s tourism industry. This is such an important part of Georgia’s economy and this initiative, I think, will play a role in helping to stimulate …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Berry Forum in Naruja

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very pleased to be here for the Guria Berry Forum. This is a very promising sector for Georgia’s agricultural development, and USAID is very pleased for supporting this. Blueberries, in particular, have seen remarkable increase in their value just in a last two years, up to 4 million dollars in …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Auto School highlighting USAID Yes-Georgia activity’s success

Nino Chanishvili’s auto school in Ozurgeti is a notable example of how the United States provides targeted assistance to Georgians in communities across the country. As a beneficiary of @USAIDGeorgia’s entrepreneurship support program which provides financing and training to women across Georgia, Nino has built a successful business and plans to expand by adding more …

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Opening English language lab for Batumi Maritime Academy

English language skills are essential for professionals working with international partners. This is especially true for service members participating in joint and multinational exercises. That’s why the United States helped establish English language labs in Poti and Batumi, which has trained members of the Georgia Coast Guard since 2011. Today we were happy to help …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan welcomes home Georgia’s 32nd infantry battalion

Congratulations to Georgia’s 32nd infantry battalion on their safe return home. This is a historic moment that marks the end of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission. In total, 7,078 Georgian soldiers trained and deployed side by side with U.S. Marines over the past seven years. It has been an honor for U.S. service members to …

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Ambassador Degnan meets with human rights advocates

The United States continues to support the Government of Georgia and members of civil society in upholding their commitment to protecting the human rights of all citizens. Georgia’s Constitution and laws guarantee every citizen the right to equality and dignity and to freely develop their personality, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Ambassador …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remark about the 4th of July

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very proud to be able to celebrate America’s 245th Independence Day with some of our Georgian friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, we were not able to do the usual big party at the Embassy because of COVID, but I hope we will be able to do that next year. July 4th is …

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Ambassador Degnan at Breadfield Bakery Opening in Lotchini Gorge

As Georgia’s restaurant industry grows, it creates demand for more locally sourced food products and creates jobs producing, processing, delivering, and serving those products. The Breadfield commercial bakery in Lotchini Gorge is one such company benefiting from international investment and U.S. business partnerships. The company supplies buns to McDonalds’ restaurants in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Digital Education Closure Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of a ten-month program designed to modernize teaching methods through digitalization. This is a part of $1.5 million program that the United States supports for 300 different projects around Georgia that are designed and implemented by alumni of our …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks at the McDonald’s Bread Factory Opening Ceremony

Q-n: We want to know more about this project and [about] the importance of this project. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am really delighted to be here for the opening of the McDonald’s bread factory. This is a great example of a combination of American best business practices and Georgian ingenuity and commitment to high quality products. …

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Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Internship Capstone Exercise

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the importance of investing in and empowering biomedical professionals in Georgia. The U.S. Government is committed to contributing to the education and professional development of emerging student leaders in the biomedical research sciences. Yesterday, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined NCDC Director Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze and Deputy Director Dr. Paata Imnadaze …

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US Government donated oxygen-generating factory to the Central Republican Hospital in Tbilisi

Ending the global COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for the American people and the U.S. government. To date, the United States has provided more than $9 million in new assistance to Georgia to mitigate the impact of this disease, as well as committing to share vaccine. Through the Office of Defense Cooperation, the U.S. …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks per Meeting Justice Minister Rati Bregadze

Q-n about the main topics of the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a great opportunity to congratulate minister Bregadze on his appointment as a Minister of Justice and to hear about his priorities. We, the United States, have been working with Georgia on developing its judicial system, including its criminal justice system, for over …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at ISFED Event

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today with Nino Dolidze of ISFED and the German Ambassador, representatives from civil society, from political parties, from public institutions to discuss the role of social media in Georgia’s coming elections in the electoral cycle. These local elections in October are the …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Solidarity Walk Dedicated to World Refugee Day

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It is a real honor to be here today to join with this community in recognizing World Refugee Day. The United States is the largest single provider of humanitarian assistance in the world to refugees, displaced persons, persons affected by conflict and related categories. Just here in Georgia, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at San Diego State University Commencement

Congratulations to the San Diego State University–Georgia graduates of the classes of 2020 and 2021, who received dual degrees accredited by the United States and Georgia! They will go on to work in critical STEM fields such as civil and construction engineering, computer and electrical engineering, chemistry, and computer science. In today’s skill-based economy, these …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker and Ambassador Sterling met Georgian Officials

  The United States remains steadfast in our commitment to our strategic partnership with Georgia and to Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. Today, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker and Ambassador Adam Sterling, Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. European Command, discussed Georgia’s Western integration with …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker and Ambassador Sterling’s Meeting at Ministry of Defense of Georgia

The Department of Defense and Department of State work closely together to support the strategic partnership with Georgia. Ambassador Adam Sterling, Civilian Deputy and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. European Command, joined the delegation visiting Tbilisi this week led by Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker. Ambassador Sterling reiterated in meetings …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Meeting with Civil Society Representatives and International Partners

The U.S. government respects the role of civil society organizations in strengthening democracy in Georgia. Today, Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker had lunch with a group of civil society representatives and international partners to discuss the important contributions of these organizations in supporting electoral and judicial reform efforts. He stressed …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Meeting with Advocates for Media Freedom in Georgia

Threats to media freedom not only interfere with the rights of journalists, but with the rights of the public to access information. Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Phil Reeker arrived in Tbilisi last night, beginning a one-week visit to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. This morning, he met with advocates for media freedom …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at PITA Closing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very pleased to be here today with the state minister and the deputy public defender to celebrate the successful conclusion of USAID’s PITA program: Promoting Integrity, Tolerance and Awareness. Over the past six years, this USAID program has been implemented by the UN association in Georgia to integrate all of Georgia’s society …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at SIlknet-SAS Partnership Program Signing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today to join in celebrating the new partnership agreement between Silknet and SAS, a leading Georgian company and one of the most important American companies in digital analytics. This partnership agreement brings together Georgia and the United states to work in an innovative new sector: …

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Ambassador Degnan’s visit to Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter

Ambassador Degnan visited Kakheti Domestic Violence shelter, a small, family-equipped facility, which was fully renovated through U.S. Government funding from the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics. Prior to its opening in 2016 there was no such institution in Kakheti.  Ambassador Degnan and Deputy …

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Ambassador Degnan visits dairy farm in Eniseli village

The United States supports Georgians who are bringing new techniques and technologies to their farms to make their products safer, healthier, and more profitable. With the help of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Meri Bachakashvili improved her dairy farm and livestock feed production. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited her farm in Eniseli Village to see …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan opened American Shelf in Kvareli

More than 130 years ago, Ilia Chavchavadze wrote: “If God wills the United States to fulfill its wish for the sake of humankind, it would be a great example for Europe.” Today Ambassador Degnan visited the city where Chavchavadze was born and told students at Kvareli School #1 that today it is Georgia’s wish for …

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USS Hamilton visits Batumi

Ambassador Degnan traveled to Batumi to welcome U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton’s crew to Georgia.  Ambassador Degnan and Captain Cronin met with Georgian government leaders and gave them a tour of Hamilton.  Before arriving in Batumi, the crew of Hamilton trained underway with the Georgian Coast Guard for two days, improving readiness and interoperability.  This visit is another symbol of …

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Ambassador’s transcript on the sidelines of the Zugdidi American Corner reopening

Q-n about the purpose of the visit to Zugdidi  Ambassador Degnan: I am really delighted to be in Zugdidi today to celebrate expansion of the Zugdidi American Corner.  This is an important development in our long standing partnership with the city of Zugdidi. We opened this American Corner fourteen years ago, because this is the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Signing of the 19 April Political Agreement

” I am very pleased to be with all of you this evening after six long, hard months of work. As I have said many times before, and I will say again tonight: the United States is committed to Georgia’s success as a stable, prosperous democracy. You all have shown real political courage throughout this …

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Ambassador’s remarks to media at Agriculture panel discussion in Udabno

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Udabno (April 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I think we have seen that Georgia has a lot to offer the tourism sector in general, especially in the rural communities and in agro-tourism in particular, and I think this is a wonderful example of it. The …

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Ambassador Degnan’s comments after meeting with Minister of Economy Turnva

This was an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of diversifying Georgia’s energy market.  Georgia’s energy security is so important, but it depends on having a diverse and well-developed energy market.  I think there needs to be good dialogue with communities that are impacted by different energy projects, and that is the basis for one …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at University of Georgia

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a great example of a long history of cooperation between the United States and Georgia on science and technology. I think the NASA involvement with the Nova Foundation and with this university and with Georgia goes back a long way, and to hear the Chakrulo song …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media Prior to Speaker Talakvadze’s Annual Report Presentation

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gamarjoba, happy to be here at the start of a new year. I think we all know that this is going to be a challenging year for all of our countries. We are looking forward to continuing our close cooperation with Georgia – the government, civil society, the …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Parliament’s Decision not to Terminate Mandates

Parliament’s decision not to terminate the mandates of opposition MPs is a positive step. It gives party leaders the opportunity to continue negotiating to find a solution in the coming days to the political impasse. I urge all party leaders to consider the full range of substantive proposals under discussion in the ongoing dialogue and …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center

The Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani highlights more than just the bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia. It exemplifies the commitment, courage, and vigilance of partners who train, fight, and serve together. Saluting our partner soldiers and especially their wounded warriors.

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Wounded Warrior Foundation Charity Event

We stand proudly with our Georgian partners in caring for their injured soldiers, many of whom stood proudly with the United States and our allies in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been an honor assisting Georgia in this noble undertaking and we look forward to seeing this wonderful project flourish thanks to the generosity and …

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Ambassador Degnan met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia’s new President, Sarah Williamson

Today, Ambassador Degnan met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia’s new President, Sarah Williamson. The U.S. Embassy greatly values its relationship with AmCham and congratulates the new Board of Directors. We also want to thank the outgoing President and Board of Directors for their role in supporting open dialogue to advance judicial, electoral, …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan on Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Georgia

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi was proud to welcome Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mrs. Pompeo to Georgia. Secretary Pompeo came to Tbilisi to demonstrate the United States’ strong support for Georgia’s choice to deepen its Euro-Atlantic ties, and to reaffirm our unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of …

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Preserving an invaluable monastery in Georgia

The United States is providing more than half a million dollars to preserve a 1,500-year-old monastery in Mtskheta, Georgia. “Churches in Georgia play such an important role in history and culture and the society,” said U.S. Ambassador to Georgia  Kelly Degnan  on September 16. “The United States is very proud to be able to help Georgia preserve …

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Ambassador Degnan visited OSCE’s International Election Observation Mission

“Georgia pledged to strengthen its election system and meet international standards when it joined the OSCE, and we are very interested to see how the OSCE will evaluate the impact of those efforts in today’s election,” announced Ambassador Degnan during a visit to the offices of OSCE’s International Election Observation Mission. OSCE and it’s Office …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Public Movement Multinational Georgia and the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy

For more than six months, the United States has been working with Georgian non-governmental organizations to prepare for today’s election, with the goal of parliamentary elections that are free, fair, transparent, and trusted by the Georgian people. Today, Ambassador Degnan visited the headquarters of two of those organizations, Public Movement Multinational Georgia (PMMG) and the …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media in Marneuli

Q-n: how would you assess the election environment today? Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gamarjoba! I am very happy to be here in Marneuli as an election observer. It’s good to see people coming out to vote, people wearing masks. [Speaking Georgian] These elections are very important for Georgia, calm environment and free election for people is …

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Ambassador Degnan visited two polling sites in Marneuli

After meeting with hard-working officials at the Central Election Commission, Ambassador Degnan observed voting at two polling sites in Marneuli. “It is up to the Georgian people to decide who they want to govern their country. The United States does not have a favorite candidate, or a favorite party. We will work with any party …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at CEC

Q-n about the visit to CEC on Election day Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Gilotsavt, [speaking Georgian] these elections are very important for Georgia, a calm atmosphere, and a free election for people is most important [end of Georgian]. I am here at the Central Election Commission because this group has organized this election today, they are responsible …

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Ambassador Degnan to travel throughout Georgia to observe election process

“It’s an exciting day for the Georgian people! The freedom to choose your leaders through fair elections is absolutely fundamental to a true democracy.” Ambassador Degnan commented as she met this morning with just some of the Embassy staff coordinating the work of our observation teams traveling throughout Georgia to observe today’s election. “The United …

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Ambassador Degnan discusses importance of protecting journalists during election period

“It is always important to ensure the safety of journalists. Journalists play a vital role in every democracy by keeping the public informed. This is especially true during the Parliamentary election period and when their work is made even more challenging by the COVID pandemic,” Ambassador Degnan told local civil society representatives during a briefing …

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Ambassador Degnan meets representatives of Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary

A truly independent, transparent, and accountable judiciary is the foundation of every healthy democracy and the U.S. Embassy continues to work closely with Georgians on strengthening its judiciary. Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan met with representatives of the USAID-supported Coalition for an Independent and Transparent Judiciary, comprised of civil society organizations that play an important …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through DTRA

Today at Juta, Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). On land and sea, the Georgian Border Police provide the Georgian people safety and security. When our partners are safer, so are the American people. This border station …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Impartial Polling Code of Ethics Signing Ceremony

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a very important day and I’m very pleased to be here for the signing of this Polling Code of Ethics. The researchers, the polling researchers, the polling organizations, the individual pollsters who have participated in this initiative over the last three months have done some very …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Kakheti

Ambassador Degnan returned to Kakheti last week, visiting Akhmeta, Telavi, Kvareli, and Lagodekhi to see U.S. government investments that are helping farmers and small businesses expand their operations, create more jobs in their communities, and ensure Georgia’s economic prosperity and Western integration benefits all regions. In Akhmeta, dairy farmer Rati Rostomashvili gave the Ambassador a …

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Ambassador Degnan visits District Election Commission in Telavi

Ambassador Degnan met with the Chairs of the District Election Commission in Telavi to discuss their work to ensure free and fair Parliamentary elections in Kakheti, as part of the U.S. Embassy’s broader efforts to support democratic elections in Georgia.  She thanked Commission members for their commitment to assisting voters and ensuring a fair, transparent …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to media at the cold storage facility opening in Kvareli

Question about the Cold Storage Facility Ambassador Degnan: I’m very happy to be here to celebrate another success story in the partnership between the United States and Georgia in the agricultural sector. This state-of-the-art cold storage unit is going to help farmers generate more revenue and create more jobs for communities in this region. The …

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Ambassador Degnan at the Cybersecurity Forum 2020

Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave remarks at the Cybersecurity Forum 2020 which brought together Georgia’s senior-level officials and other stakeholders to discuss the important issue of cybersecurity and ways to better protect Georgia from cybersecurity threats. Ambassador Degnan spoke about the ways the United States has committed to helping Georgia strengthen its cybersecurity capabilities, …

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Noble Partner 2020 closing ceremony

Today, Georgia’s Vaziani military base hosted the fifth Noble Partner closing ceremony and Live Fire Exercise. Each year this multi-national exercise demonstrates how allied forces are continuing to work and train together, even under the demanding conditions of the COVID pandemic. The Noble Partner exercise reaffirms U.S. commitment to Georgia as a key strategic partner, …

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Jvari Monastery Project wins Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation large grant

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is proud to announce that the Jvari Monastery preservation project was selected by Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The ongoing preservation works also funded by the U.S. Government will now extend to cover the entire outer sandstone masonry of the building, including all four facades and all eight sides …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very useful and important meeting of the working group, and we appreciate having a chance to continue the discussion about this critically important draft legislation. It is designed to further strengthen Georgia’s judicial process by improving transparency and accountability even further. There have been some …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan traveled to Guria

This week, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan traveled to the region of Guria, including a visit to the bottling plant “Bakhmaro,” where she discussed economic development in the region. JSC “Healthy Water” (Tskali Margebeli) produces popular national products Nabeghlavi mineral water and Bakhmaro still water. The Ambassador also toured the Supsa Oil Terminal, which provides storage …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media upon Meeting Governor Zurab Nasaraia

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I have had a wonderful visit to Guria, from start to finish. Very interesting to learn about some of the efforts here to generate development in the tourism area, to improve vocational training for the wide variety of services that will be needed to support greater tourism, to …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Auditor General

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very informative and interesting meeting with the Auditor General, looking into the importance of accountability and transparency in the government institutions. USAID and the United States have been working with the State Auditor’s Office since 2011 on building this capacity, and it is truly inspiring …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits NATO EU Information Center

Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Zalkaliani to announce the U.S. Embassy and the InformationCenter on NATO and the EU will continue their partnership for two more years to provide information to Georgians at 13 regional centers about Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.  Georgia’s western integration process contributes to the …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan met with Bishop Melkhisedek Khachidze of Margveti and Ubisa

Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan met with Bishop Melkhisedek Khachidze of Margveti and Ubisa. During the meeting, the Ambassador and the Bishop exchanged their views on a multitude of topics, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ambassador expressed her appreciation to Bishop Melkhisedek for his partnership, and particularly for his outspoken support for the Richard Lugar …

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Noble Partner 2020 Exercise begins

On September 1, as a part of exercise Noble Partner 2020, a total of 200 paratroopers of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into Vaziani Training Area.  Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili, NATO LANDCOM Commander Lieutenant General Roger Cloutier, and U.S. Defense Attaché to Georgia COL Stephanie Bagley to view …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Celebration of Entry into Force the Code on the Rights of the Child

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a milestone event, and I am very pleased to be here to celebrate with so many others who have worked so hard on the passage and entry into force of Georgia’s Code of the Rights of Children. This has taken a lot of work by many …

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U.S. Embassy condolence statement

On behalf of the entire community of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, I wish to express our deepest condolences for the tragic loss of seventeen lives in Shatili on August 23. We hold in our thoughts those who perished, as well as those who mourn their loss, during this difficult time. May you find comfort …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at Signing Ceremony for Bakhvi 1 Hydropower Facility

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very happy to be here for the signing of the feasibility study about the Bakhvi One Hydropower Plant. It’s a sign not only of Georgia’s leadership in this area of green energy, but also another step in the cooperation between Georgia and the United States and …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan participates in opening of Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Cybersecurity Server Center

  U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined CEC Chairperson Tamar Zhvania in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new USAID-supported cybersecurity server center. Georgia’s continued democratic development depends on greater resilience to malign influence, including cyberattacks. Ambassador Degnan highlighted the U.S. Government’s strong partnership with Georgia to protect the upcoming Parliamentary elections from …

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Ambassador Degnan participates in the opening of Georgia’s 18th McDonald’s restaurant

Ambassador Degnan participates in the opening of Georgia’s 18th McDonald’s restaurant Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan highlighted new jobs and opportunities created by the opening of the 18th Mcdonald’s restaurant in Georgia. The Ambassador was pleased to be a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the expansion of the iconic American brand. Anew restaurant means …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory

Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan congratulates the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) on achieving internationally recognized accreditation of their Fingerprint, Facial Recognition, and Questioned Documents/Handwriting examination sections during her visit to the MOIA Crime Laboratory. The U.S. Embassy has supported the development of criminal forensics …

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Ambassador Degnan’s trip to Imereti Region

This week Ambassador Degnan visited the beautiful region of Imereti. On the first day of her trip, the Ambassador toured the charming city of Kutaisi and the historic Okros Chardakhi Palace, where she heard the magnificent sounds of Georgian polyphonic singers performing traditional folk music.  The Ambassador met with Governor Zviad Shalamberidze and Acting Mayor …

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Ambassador Degnan Congratulates the Annual TVET Award Winners

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the annual Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Awards Ceremony. This event highlights the important work vocational schools do to help build Georgia’s human capital and establish a workforce necessary to drive the country’s economic growth. Originally established by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and currently …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Comment to Media at the annual Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Awards ceremony

Q-n about the importance of the Technical and Vocational Education Training Program Ambassador Degnan: Tonight was the fourth annual awards ceremony for the Technical and Vocational Education Training Program that the Millennium Foundation and the United States government support, along with the Ministry of Education. This is an important event to recognize the commitment, the …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Kutaisi International Airport

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The United States is very proud to support the Georgian Government and the United Airports of Georgia in their effort to expand the Kutaisi airport. We’ve just done a tour of the new facility that is underway right now and it’s going to increase the flow of passengers almost five times, as …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Kutaisi Military Lyceum

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very interesting and useful briefing by the command here. The colonel reviewed the different missions that the western operational command plays, the vital role the western operational command plays in defending this part of Georgia, the very important role his men and women played in …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Governor Zviad Shalamberidze

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very good meeting with Governor Shalamberidze. We talked about local government, the important role that citizens play in making sure that their local officials know their concerns and priorities and are responsive to their concerns and priorities. We talked also about the upcoming elections and the preparations to …

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Ambassador Degnan attends the World Hepatitis Day event at NCDC (July 28)

  Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze and representatives of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to mark World Hepatitis Day. Viral hepatitis remains a major global health threat, frequently labeled as a “silent epidemic”. Here in Georgia, the NCDC, with the support of the U.S. Centers for Disease …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Media Comments Following Event Marking World Hepatitis Day (July 28)

Q-n about the importance of World Hepatitis Day   Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Today is World Hepatitis Day, declared by the World Health Organization back in 2011. What is really important here is that Georgia is once again a leader in the effort to eliminate this devastating disease. Seventy thousand Georgians have been treated, tested; almost 70% …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks to young diplomats of Mikeladze Institute (July 24)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan discussed the role of diplomats in responding to international crisis such as COVID-19 with new and current Georgian Diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Mikaladze Institute.  Ambassador Degnan spoke about the new realities in diplomacy today and shared her reflections as a diplomat responding to international crises. During her virtual …

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Ambassador Degnan’s media comments on the sidelines of the Ken Walker University Clinic opening ceremony (July 24)

Q-n about importance of Ken Walker University Clinic for Media Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very proud to be here for the opening of the Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation. This is an excellent example of what private companies, universities, USAID and the Georgian Government can do together, to help a sector of …

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Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24)

Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24) Today, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labor, and Social Affairs Ekaterine Tikaradze to attend the opening of the Ken Walker University …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the Media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)   Ambassador Degnan: Gamarjobat! I had a truly inspiring meeting with Public Defender and her team. The work they are doing here, the very important monitoring role that this office provides, is at the very heart of …

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Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made opening remarks at the Rondeli Foundation’s graduation ceremony for its National Security and Public Policy training program. The Ambassador was honored to personally congratulate the graduates of the esteemed program. Supported by …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17) Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the launch of “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia,” a forum for promoting non-partisan public opinion polling as a key component of Georgia’s democratic development. A …

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Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined NCDC Director Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze and Deputy Director Dr. Paata Imnadaze to attend the graduation ceremony and Internship Capstone Exercise for two Georgian students participating in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAID) …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)   On her first visit to the city of Batumi, Ambassador Degnan met with educators, youth, journalists, civil society leaders, and elected officials. Her visit demonstrated the breadth and depth of the strong bond between the United States and Adjara, with ties in education, tourism, …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Tornike Rijvadze (July 14)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Tornike Rijvadze (July 14) Q-n about the meeting   Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very interesting meeting with Chairperson today.  This is my first visit to Adjara, my first visit to Batumi, a beautiful city, obviously very dynamic and exciting. I was very pleased to …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)   This week, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan toured Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region for the first time. The purpose of the Ambassador’s visit was to explore this magnificent region of the country and to learn more about its economic potential. She …

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Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)

Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan traveled to Georgia’s Shida Kartli region to participate in a U.S. Government-supported facility’s groundbreaking ceremony, visit a newly rehabilitated kindergarten, and join a round table discussion with women activists living near the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL). The Ambassador’s first stop was …

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U.S. Government supports Kombucha production business near the Administrative Boundary Line (July 7)

U.S. Government supports Kombucha production business near the Administrative Boundary Line (July 7)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of a new Kombucha production facility in the village of Karapila, located in the Kaspi municipality of Georgia’s Shida Kartli region. The new facility is supported by USAID and Startup Georgia …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attended the 2020 Democracy Conference (July 1)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attended the 2020 Democracy Conference (July 1)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the 2020 Democracy Conference organized by the Georgian Institute of Politics to speak about the important role the United States plays in supporting Georgia’s democratization. The United States is deeply committed to Georgia’s democratic …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan and USAID Missions Director Peter Wiebler meet Minister of Education of Georgia (July 1)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan and USAID Missions Director Peter Wiebler meet Minister of Education of Georgia (July 1) Ambassador Degnan:  “I had an excellent meeting with the Minister.  We are here to formally launch USAID’s $7 million program, called Basic Education, that complements the excellent work the Minister has been doing under the “new school model” …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan at opening of orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi (June 25)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan at opening of orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi (June 25) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan helped open a newly-constructed small group home – an orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi. Thanks to this project, children with disabilities will live in a home type environment and receive …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Mayor Kakhi Kaladze (June 22)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Mayor Kakhi Kaladze (June 22)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Thank you. I had a very good meeting with Mayor Kaladze today. It was pleasure to finally have a chance to sit down and talk about some of the great cooperation that we …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very substantive meeting with the Minister. We have so many areas of cooperation that we are already working on to contribute to Georgia’s economic development. Our goal is to …

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Ambassador Degnan hosts a virtual meeting with U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni of Georgia (June 17)

Ambassador Degnan hosts a virtual meeting with U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni of Georgia (June 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan hosted a virtual meeting with the board of the U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG). Ambassador Degnan commended EPAG members on their active work, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Kakheti (June 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Kakheti (June 16)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made another trip out of Tbilisi to get to know Georgia’s unique regions. In Telavi, the Ambassador met with Telavi Mayor Shota Nareklishvili and Kakheti Governor Irakli Kadagishvili to discuss the region’s plans for tourism development, economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15)

Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of attending a ceremony marking the completion of the Certification Exercise for the Georgia Deployment Program – Resolute Support Mission (GDP-RSM). This exercise is another bright point in the more than 10-year history of this …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Gori (June 11)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Gori (June 11) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of making her first visit to the city of Gori. The Ambassador met with Gori Mayor Tavzarashvili and Shida Kartli Governor Khojevanishvili to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the city and the region, as well as the devastating effect on local communities of the continued illegal borderization activities along the Administrative Boundary Line and for …

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U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31)

U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31) On May 27, Ambassador Degnan presented a certificate of appreciation to Minister of Internal Affairs Vakhtang Gomelauri to congratulate the Ministry on Police Day and demonstrate the respect and gratitude of the U.S. Embassy for the support and achievements of the Ministry and its …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan offers heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on the 102nd anniversary of Georgian Independence (May 26)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan offers heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on the 102nd anniversary of Georgian Independence (May 26)     On behalf of the United States Embassy, I am pleased today to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on your Independence Day. Georgia and the United States share a …

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Ambassador Degnan’s opening remarks during her virtual press conference (May 20)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan’s opening remarks during her virtual press conference (May 20) Gamarjoba, and thank you for joining us today for this virtual press conference. I’m pleased to speak to you after my first 3 months in Georgia about the relationship between our two countries and the assistance the United States is providing, especially …

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Media Advisory – Ambassador Degnan’s Virtual Press Conference

Media Advisory – Ambassador Degnan’s Virtual Press Conference   EVENT: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is pleased to invite you to a live, virtual press conference primarily focused on U.S. response to COVID-19 in Georgia, with Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 20 from 14:00-15:00.  It will begin promptly at 1400 with …

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U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)

U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)   Today Ambassador Degnan joined Minister Tikaradze in welcoming the arrival of high caliber testing equipment and materials to conduct 4,000 gold-standard RT-PCR tests, as well as almost $20,000 in personal protective equipment, donated by the U.S. …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s virtual reunion with WiSci participants (May 14)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s virtual reunion with WiSci participants (May 14) On May 14, Ambassador Degnan kicked off the first virtual Women in Science (WiSci) alumni reunion bringing together students from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the United States. The U.S. Embassy has proudly supported Georgian high school girls’ engagement in the international STEM summer camp for …

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Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8)

Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8) Welcome to my home. I’m teleworking today to comply with the guidance from Georgia’s public health experts to maintain social distancing. It is encouraging news that Georgia is gradually able to open some businesses. I know we are all …

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Ambassador Degnan Makes First Visit to Administrative Boundary Line, Near Odzisi (April 30)

Ambassador Degnan Makes First Visit to Administrative Boundary Line, Near Odzisi (April 30)  Today, Ambassador Degnan made her first trip to the Administrative Boundary Line, near Odzisi.  In comments to the media during the visit, the Ambassador denounced recent borderization activities, “especially in the time of COVID when we need to be working together to …

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Ambassador’s comments at Administrative Boundary Line, near Odzisi (April 30)

Ambassador’s comments at Administrative Boundary Line, near Odzisi (April 30) Question about the visit   Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is my first opportunity to come up to the occupation line and I really appreciate the chance to see this very important region of Georgia.  I have to say, seeing it myself, I see more the tragedy of …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13)

Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13) Gamarjoba – For nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. As you know, U.S. Government assistance has helped Georgia to strengthen its defense and security, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister of Finance (March 12) 

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister of Finance   Question about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had an excellent meeting with the Finance Minister. We already have such extensive cooperation, especially in the areas of export controls and border security. But we also explored developing an investment screening mechanism so Georgia would …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Chkhenkeli (March 9)

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Chkhenkeli (March 9)   Question about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a great meeting with the minister today. We have such a rich array of collaboration with all the sectors in his ministry, such as math, education, science, culture, and sports. We discussed different ways …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Tikaradze (March 5)

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister Tikaradze (March 5)   Question about GoG’s measures against coronavirus Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’ve been very impressed with Georgia’s proactive response to the outbreak. In fact, when I came through the airport on Saturday, on my way back from Washington, I came through several airports, but …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)

Ambassador Degnan speaks about Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections (March 4)   Today Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan delivered remarks during the Meeting on Preventing Violence against Women in Politics and Elections organized by the United Nations. The Ambassador spoke about the growing recognition of women’s important role in leadership and how their …

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Georgia hosts INL’s 9th Annual Women in Policing Conference (March 3)

Georgia hosts INL’s 9th Annual Women in Policing Conference (March 3) Today Ambassador Kelly Degnan opened the 9th Annual Women in Policing Conference organized by U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL). This conference is designed to empower, inspire, and educate female members of the criminal justice system. Studies show that female law …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to media at the 9th Women in Policing Conference (March 3)

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Q-n about USS Donald Cook visit Ambassador Wilson:  Let me say, first of all, I am delighted to be on my first ever visit to Batumi.  Unfortunately, it is not a beautiful day but hopefully will be tomorrow and I am very happy to be here.  Second, it is a pleasure to welcome to Batumi, …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee (March 12)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee (March 12)   Q-n about the Ambassador’s meeting with the Foreign Relations Committee Ambassador Kelly: I very much enjoyed speaking to the members of the Foreign Relations Committee. I talked about U.S. policy and our very strong support for the path that Georgia is on towards …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Women in Policing Conference (March 6)   Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I am very happy to have participated in the opening of this conference.  This is the third conference that I have participated in.  This is a great way, I think, for Georgia to showcase itself as a platform for regional projects, and it is …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media Following Meeting with Opposition Leaders (March 5)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media Following Meeting with Opposition Leaders (March 5) Q-n about the meeting and whether Tatunashvili’s death was discussed Ambassador Ian Kelly: I think you know that these are sad weeks for me.  I am going to leave in less than three weeks from now.  I am starting to make calls on my good friends and …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Kartveli Room Opening (March 1)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Kartveli Room Opening (March 1) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: It is a great pleasure and honor for me to participate in the opening of the Kartveli Room here at the library. Aleksandre Kartveli is really a symbol of the great partnership between the United States and Georgia, and a representative of all …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Media Interaction at the Strategic Communications Program Launch (February 20)

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the USAID Energy Program Presentation (February 14)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the USAID Energy Program Presentation (February 14) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I’m very pleased to participate in the start of this important USAID project with $7.5 million dollars and it’s part of our overall effort to help Georigia become a strong and resilient state. Of course a big part of …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Parliamentary Oversight Presentation (February 13)

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Ambassador Kelly at conference “The Future of Conditionality in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Perceptions and Policies” (January 30)

Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement on the sidelines of the international conference “The Future of Conditionality in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Perceptions and Policies” (January 30)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly:  I very much appreciate the opportunity to exchange views with the speaker and with my good friend and colleague Janos Herman. Both the European Union …

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Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at Bodbe Monastery on St. Nino’s Day (January 27) Q-n about Ambassador Kelly taking part in St. Nino’s Day celebrations Ambassador Kelly: My wife Francesca and I were really honored to be invited to the events of today.  We are both people of faith and we also appreciate the importance …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the National Defense Academy (January 24)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the National Defense Academy (January 24) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly: I was very pleased and honored to be able to address the students and faculty of the Defense Academy today. We had a very good discussion about Georgia’s future and about cooperation between the United States and …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at Akhaltsikhe School N1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (December 13) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: It is a real honor for me to participate in the opening of this school.  It is both an honor and a pleasure.  I think this is the most exciting thing that I do as an ambassador because this is all …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Political Participation Conference (December 12)

AAmbassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Political Participation Conference (December 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I am very happy to participate in this very important forum. I think that a strong and stable democracy is a very inclusive democracy and, for that reason, we are very supportive of plans to increase participation of women both in the economy …

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Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to Media at the Millennium Innovations Award Launch (December 1)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to Media at the Millennium Innovations Award Launch (December 1) Q-n about today’s event Ambassador Kelly:  I think this is my favorite project. The U.S. Embassy has been supporting this competition, the Millennium Innovation Award. This is the fourth year that we’ll be doing it. I’ve participated in the last three inauguration events and this, I think, is one …

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Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to the media on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group Meeting (November 30) Q-n about the program and its challenges I think that two years ago Georgia embarked on really an extraordinary initiative and that is to eliminate, to be the first country in the world to eliminate Hepatitis …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Wounded Warrior Center (November 27)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Wounded Warrior Center (November 27) The United States is very pleased and honored to have helped with this facility here, to help restore and promote the physical and the mental well-being  of these heroes — both the Georgian and the Ukrainian, and we look forward to continuing this cooperation. I use …

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Ambassador Kelly Extends Condolences to Batumi Fire Victims (November 27)

Ambassador Kelly Extends Condolences to Batumi Fire Victims (November 27) On behalf of the United States Embassy, I would like to express my very deep condolences to the victims of the tragic events of this weekend in Batumi.  They really were tragic events. Batumi is one of my favorite places in Georgia.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media after Meeting with the Speaker of Parliament (November 27)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media after Meeting with the Speaker of Parliament (November 27) Q-n about the purpose of the meeting Ambassador Kelly: We requested this meeting.  We were very interested to hear about plans for a fourth wave of the judicial reform, and the reason we are interested in it is, of course, that we want to be helpful; we want …

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The United States support Georgian Government to modernize agricultural sector (November 24)

The United States support Georgian Government to modernize agricultural sector (November 24) Ambassador Kelly met with the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia (MoA) and National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat) to highlight United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  assistance to the MoA and Geostat to improve the capacity for  collecting, analyzing, and disseminating agricultural data …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media following a Meeting with Supreme Court Chairwoman (November 22)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media following a Meeting with Supreme Court Chairwoman (November 22) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: Well, I just had a very productive meeting with the chairwoman of the Supreme Court here to discuss issues related to the judiciary and the rule of law.  As you all know, we think that one of …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at CIU Carnegie Conference (November 21)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at CIU Carnegie Conference (November 21) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: I’m very pleased to participate in this conference, which will discuss the significance of Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy.  He made a tremendous impact on the United States in the late 19th – early 20th century, founding the University of Pittsburgh, libraries all over the United States, and he really …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the IBSU American Studies Conference (November 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the IBSU American Studies Conference (November 20) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  Well, I think this is the third year I’ve participated in the opening of this very important, if not the most important, American Studies Conference; at least one of the most important American Studies Conferences in …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Humanitarian Civic Assistance project Ribbon Cutting (November 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Humanitarian Civic Assistance project Ribbon Cutting (November 20) Q-n about the event   Ambassador Kelly: We are very pleased to cooperate with the Georgian military, and also with the ministries of Defense and Health, with local government here to renovate these homes for children. Of course, they are the …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the EPAG Job Fair (November 18)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the EPAG Job Fair (November 18) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  First of all, I want to thank David and the Alumni Association for inviting me here. It is a real pleasure for me to be here. This is really all about connecting Georgia’s best and brightest, Georgia’s …

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

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; …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media in Pankisi (November 16)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media in Pankisi (November 16) Q-n about the purpose of the visit Ambassador Kelly:  The main purpose of the visit for me today is, of course, to meet with the some of the people in Pankisi.  I just had a very good meeting with the some of the elders with whom we talked about some …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Reception (November 12)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Reception (November 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  We’re very pleased to sponsor this Global Entrepreneurship Week.  As the name suggests, this is a celebration of entrepreneurship really around the world and the U.S. Embassy is supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week here in Georgia.  This is all about trying to encourage young people to take …

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Remarks by Ambassador Ian C. Kelly Parliament and ILO Labor Event (November 9)

Remarks by Ambassador Ian C. Kelly Parliament and ILO Labor Event (November 9) Good morning.  Thank you Chairman Kobakhidze, Zsolt Dudas of the ILO, and members of Parliament for organizing this event and taking a leadership role on this important subject. Labor reform can be hard to discuss because it is touches so many parts …

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Ambassador Kelly and Interior Minister Mgebrishvili Open New Border Security Facility in Sulda (October 26)

Ambassador Kelly and Interior Minister Mgebrishvili Open New Border Security Facility in Sulda (October 26) On October 26, Ambassador Kelly, together with Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mgebrishvili, opened the new Georgian Border Land Sector Security facility  in Sulda.   Through support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program, this modern …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comment at the National Defense Academy’s farewell ceremony for the General Dynamics Information Technology Team (October 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment at the National Defense Academy’s farewell ceremony for the General Dynamics Information Technology Team (October 20) Today’s ceremony was the culmination of a six-year partnership between the United States and Georgia with General Dynamics Information Team as the implementor.  The goal was to create  really a world class full education for Georgian leaders modeled after the …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at a Roundtable with NDI’s Election Day Observation Mission and Ambassadors (October 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at a Roundtable with NDI’s Election Day Observation Mission and Ambassadors (October 20) Q-n about the upcoming election and incident in Marneuli Ambassador Kelly: Well we rely very much on the international observers who come to Georgia.  The Georgian government has always been very receptive to many international observers; this election …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at U.S. Trade Mission Opening (October 19)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at U.S. Trade Mission Opening (October 19)   Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is a part of our overall program of support for the government’s plan to increase trade investment, and of course, it is a part of our overall plan to support the Georgian government’s stated aspirations to integrate with the Western community.  This …

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Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at the Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) (October 13)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at the Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) (October 13) Ambassador Kelly:  I want to thank the Ministry for inviting me here today and for arranging this very informative briefing.  This is a very impressive facility and I’m very proud that the United States of America funded the construction of it.  I’m also very …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgia Defense and Security Conference (October 12)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgia Defense and Security Conference (October 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is the third Batumi Security and Defense Conference that I have attended, and I’ve watched over the last three years how this conference has grown in the number of participants but probably more importantly in the level of …

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (October 11)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (October 11) Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the forty-first round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia October 10-11, the United States expressed its continued objection to the closure of two controlled crossing points along the Abkhaz Administrative …

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The 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion Deployment Ceremony (September 28)

The 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion Deployment Ceremony (September 28) On September 28, Ambassador Ian Kelly delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 31st Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in support of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.   The United States is deeply grateful …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tbilisi Hero’s Square Memorial (September 27)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tbilisi Hero’s Square Memorial (September 27) Q-n about importance of the date “September 27” for Georgia Ambassador Kelly:  I think it is very important to stay focused on the future.  Our programs of cooperation obviously are very much focused on future partnership with Georgia.  …

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Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement at the Voyager anniversary event , Tech Park Georgia (September 25)

Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement at the Voyager anniversary event , Tech Park Georgia (September 25) Ambassador Kelly:  I would like to thank Tech Park for inviting me to participate in this very important ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager spacecraft.  It is a very significant anniversary because Voyager is the only human-manufactured vehicle to actually go beyond …

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Ambassador’s media engagement at the Edward Curtis Exhibit Opening (September 20)

Ambassador’s media engagement at the Edward Curtis Exhibit Opening (September 20) Q-n about the exhibit Ambassador Kelly: This is a particular pleasure for me to open this exhibit because, as I noted in my public remarks, I was involved in the discussion stage of this.  We invited Georgian museum curators to come to our house and …

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Amb. Kelly’s remarks to media at White Coat Ceremony at TSMU (September 20)

Amb. Kelly’s remarks to media at White Coat Ceremony at TSMU (September 20)   Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  It was a real honor and a privilege for me to participate in the ceremony of welcoming new international and Georgian students into the American MD program. This is another example of the great partnership between the …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media regarding the visit of the U.S. Forestry Service to Georgia (September 15)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media regarding the visit of the U.S. Forestry Service to Georgia (September 15)   Q-n about the assistance USFS provided to the Georgian Government Ambassador Kelly: We are very pleased that our colleagues Andy and Dana came from the U.S. Forestry Service to follow-up on the terrible events of August in …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s and Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media on the sidelines of the McCain Conference (September 12)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s and Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media on the sidelines of the McCain Conference (September 12)   Q-n:  About the meaning of the conference Ambassador Kelly:  Well I think first of all the fact that we have much higher level and much broader participation is a real tribute to everything Georgia is …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at the SDSU Convocation Ceremony (September 11)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at the SDSU Convocation Ceremony (September 11) Q-n:  What does having such a high-level university in Georgia mean to the country? Ambassador Kelly: Well I think this is a very unique university.  This is the only university in the region which has an American curriculum and grants an American degree.  …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Republican Party Office (August 23)

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: I believe that a strong and engaged opposition is absolutely essential to any democracy and that is why I wanted to pay a visit to a party that is one of the oldest political parties in Georgia, and to get their point of view on the development of Georgian democracy.  And, I told representatives …

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

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 …

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Amb Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Occupation Museum in Ergneti (August 17)

Q-n about the visit Ambassador Kelly:  This has been a very moving day for me. I began the day seeing a church that is 1,200 years old and inscriptions on the church from people who lived 1,200 years ago who ask us to remember them in prayers.  I am very grateful to the people, who on their own initiative, set up …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments Before the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Shindisi Hero’s Memorial (August 8)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments Before the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Shindisi Hero’s Memorial (August 8) Q-n: Your comment on the anniversary of the Russian invasion Ambassador Kelly: I think this time and this place is a time to reflect, but also to recommit.  I think in terms of the first, it’s a time for us to reflect on the price of freedom.  We’re standing …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Repatriation Ceremony for Georgian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan (August 6)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Repatriation Ceremony for Georgian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan (August 6)   Ambassador Kelly:  I think words really can hardly express the sadness that I feel at the loss of such a fine young man who has already contributed so much to our mutual security.  It was Sergeant Bebiashvili’s third tour in Afghanistan.  I think, all I can really say is that less than a …

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Condolences on the Death of Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili from U.S. Ambassador Ian C. Kelly (August 4)

Condolences on the Death of Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili from U.S. Ambassador Ian C. Kelly (August 4) The entire U.S. Embassy community extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili and to the people of Georgia for their recent loss in Afghanistan.  We also extend our sincerest condolences to Junior Sergeant …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Media Outlet Visit in Marneuli (July 24)

Ambassador Kelly’s Media Outlet Visit in Marneuli (July 24)   AMB:  So, we recognize – the United States recognizes – the importance of this region to the overall success of Georgia, and you know that we are making big investments in Georgia and its attempt to become a democratic and pluralistic, multiethnic society.  And, so, …

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Ambassador’s remarks at the Fulbright appreciation reception (July 17)

Ambassador’s remarks at the Fulbright appreciation reception (July 17) Q-n about today’s event Ambassador: I think uh one of the most important programs we have in terms of the various assistance programs that the U.S. taxpayer funds.  I think probably the most important ones are programs where we support young Georgians to go and study …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at Karapila ABL (July 14)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at Karapila ABL (July 14) Question about why did the ambassador chose this particular place to visit Ambassador Kelly: I think you have to ask the FSB and the Russian authorities why this place was chosen.  I think this place has just remarkable symbolic significance; it is just a few hundred …

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Ambassador Kelly Congratulates Fulbright Scholarship Winners (July 14)

Ambassador Kelly Congratulates Fulbright Scholarship Winners (July 14)   On Monday, July 17, U.S. Ambassador Ian Kelly and Irakli Gilauri, CEO of BGEO Group, will attend a reception hosted by the Bank of Georgia to congratulate eight Georgian students awarded Fulbright Graduate Student Program scholarships.  These students will travel to the U.S. this fall to …

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Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to media on the sidelines of 14th International Conference on Georgia’s European Way, Batumi (July 13)

Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to media on the sidelines of 14th International Conference on Georgia’s European Way, Batumi (July 13) Q-n about 14th International Conference Georgia’s European Way  Ambassador Kelly:  I am very pleased to participate in this conference.  It is the second annual conference that I have attended anyway.  I think it is an important …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony (July 7)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony (July 7) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly:  It is a real honor for me to participate in this swearing-in ceremony for the newest group of Peace Corps Volunteers, 53 Americans who are coming here and participating in a very critical part of our assistance to our …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) (July 7)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) (July 7) Q-n about the meeting with the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) Ambassador Kelly: Our priority here is to support Georgia’s aspiration to join Euro-Atlantic institutions and also support Georgia’s economic growth and its resilience. And, of course, an important part of …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day (July 6)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day (July 6) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I think, most of all, I feel very proud to represent my country here in Georgia.  We have such a strong partnership, but I also feel honored that the head of the Georgian State and …

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Georgia: Trade and Investment Opportunities for U.S. Businesses – DirectLine Webinar hosted by U.S. Ambassador Ian C.Kelly (June 21)

  Georgia: Trade and Investment  Opportunities for U.S. Businesses – DirectLine Webinar hosted by U.S. Ambassador Ian C.Kelly (June 21) The U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian C. Kelly will host a Direct Line webinar for U.S. companies interested in exporting to and investing in Georgia Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10:00 AM (EDT) – 6:00 PM (Georgia Time). In …

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Ambassador Kelly Marks 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Georgia (June 20)

Ambassador Kelly Marks 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Georgia (June 20) On June 20, Ambassador Kelly attended a forum in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations, where he spoke about Georgia’s road to democracy.  He affirmed that America’s commitment to Georgia’s democracy and security is unwavering, and shall last well into the future.  …

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Rostropovich-Vishenvskaya Foundation representatives visit Georgia (June 15)

Rostropovich-Vishenvskaya Foundation representatives visit Georgia (June 15) Ambassador Kelly was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Elena Rostropovich and other members of the Rostropovich-Vishenvskaya Foundation (RVF) Board during their visit to Georgia.  RVF is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, and Elena Rostropovich briefed Ambassador Kelly on the latest activities of the charitable foundation founded by …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at Georgian American University (June 9)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at Georgian American University (June 9) Q-n about today’s event Ambassador Kelly:  We are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia and this is really, I think, the most symbolic place to do it given that this is the Georgian American University.  But, also …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the SDSU Scholarship Awards (June 5)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the SDSU Scholarship Awards (June 5) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I think you know that the United States is making large investments in Georgia, helping Georgia become a 21st century democratic, free market economy.  The biggest investment we made is in the education sector, because we recognize …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at the European Network of American Alumni Association (ENAM) (June 3)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at the European Network of American Alumni Association (ENAM) (June 3) Q-n about the conference and importance of exchange programs Ambassador Kelly:  I am a big believer in exchange programs.  I was a participant myself; in fact, the first time I came to Georgia was on an exchange program.  …

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Tbilisi Hosts International ENAM Conference (June 2)

Tbilisi Hosts International ENAM Conference (June 2)   On June 3, 2017 U.S. Ambassador Ian C. Kelly will open the 10th Annual International Conference of the European Network of American Alumni Associations (ENAM): Brave New Europe.   The International Conference hosting participants from 11 counties is organized by the U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG) with …

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Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the 2nd Anniversary of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC)

Q-n about the delivery of new weapons to Georgia and the level of U.S. – Georgia cooperation over the last two years Ambassador Kelly: I arrived here, I think as you know, almost two years ago and I have seen the Center grow from just an idea to an actual functioning training center; and it …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at America-Georgia Business Council Conference (May 22)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at America-Georgia Business Council Conference (May 22) Q-n about the 20th America-Georgia Business Council Conference; prospects to increase American businessmen’s interest in Georgia for potential growth of the U.S. investments; plus the status of the Free Trade Agreement Ambassador Kelly: This conference is extraordinarily well-timed. It comes on the heels …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to news media at the roundtable on State Response to Early Marriage Issue (March 29)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to news media at the roundtable on State Response to Early Marriage Issue (March 29) Question about the event  Ambassador Kelly: I was very pleased to participate in today’s event. It is very important that these issues get an open airing – and that the public is made aware of the (adverse) …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to news media at the opening of the specialized family-type Service for Children with Disabilities (March 29)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to news media at the opening of the specialized family-type Service for Children with Disabilities (March 29) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is yet another example of the great partnership between the United States and Georgia, and of course, in this case we also have a great cooperation with UNICEF. …

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Ambassador’s Remarks to Media at the Deployment Ceremony to Afghanistan in Senaki Air Base

  Question about the event Ambassador Kelly It is a real honor for me to participate in this ceremony. It is really symbolic of the very close partnership and friendship that has been forged between the armed forces of the United States and the armed forces of Georgia. And I just want to say what …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks at the Opening of Rehabilitation Center in Mtskheta (March 23)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks at the Opening of Rehabilitation Center in Mtskheta   Question about the event Ambassador Kelly: I was invited here by the city of Mtskheta. I particularly wanted to participate in this event because this year we are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the United States. This project was …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks at Peace Corps “G15” Reception (March 10)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks at Peace Corps “G15” Reception (March 10) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly: This is our way to say thanks to the dozens of volunteers who have been living in communities all over Georgia helping in the schools, primarily teaching English, but also helping communities develop different projects, and it is also …

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Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment about Media Ombudsman and Strasbourg Court (March 8)

Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment about Media Ombudsman and Strasbourg Court (March 8) Question about the media ombudsman initiative Ambassador Kelly: I think that Georgia is a real model for democratic development and we have real confidence in the Prime Minister and his government to continue the growth of democratic institutions.  And as we have said …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at SDSU Scholarship Announcement Event (7 March)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at SDSU Scholarship Announcement Event (7 March) We want Georgia to succeed as a democracy, we want Georgia to be able to enter the western community of nations. For both of these, it needs more investment in education, particularly education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. So, that is why …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at MCC Annual Report Event (February 22)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at MCC Annual Report Event (February 22) “We are going to preview the progress in the Millennium Challenge Corporation program to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Georgia.  It is one of our most significant investments—it is worth about $140 million.  We have invested that much because we …

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Ambassador’s visit to the ABL crossings at Nabakevi-Khurcha and Otobaia-Orsantia (January 26)

Ambassador’s visit to the ABL crossings at Nabakevi-Khurcha and Otobaia-Orsantia (January 26) The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by the proposed closings of controlled crossing points along the Abkhaz administrative boundary line.   Today I received a briefing at EUMM’s field office and visited the crossings at Nabakevi-Khurcha and Meore Otobaia-Orsantia to personally observe the situation on …

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Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment at the opening of the Georgian Border Police K-9 administrative building in Tbilisi (January 24)

Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment at the opening of the Georgian Border Police K-9 administrative building in Tbilisi (January 24) Our most important priority here for the United States is to support Georgia’s sovereignty and independence, and of course a very important part of that for Georgia is to be able to manage its borders, to …

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