Ambassador Ross’s statement following meetings with Georgian Presidential Candidates (November 16)

Ambassador Ross’s statement following meetings with Georgian Presidential Candidates (November 16) Today I was pleased to meet with presidential candidates Salome Zourabichvili and Grigol Vashadze to discuss the upcoming election and broader political situation.  These conversations were a welcome opportunity to hear their perspectives and ideas for the country.  During the meetings, I underscored our ...
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U.S. Embassy in Georgia Statement (November 9)

U.S. Embassy in Georgia Statement (November 9) On November 8, retired Ambassador Ross Wilson arrived in Tbilisi and will assume the role of chargé d’affaires, ad interim, at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.  Ambassador Wilson is a seasoned diplomat, served as Ambassador to Turkey (2005-2008) and Azerbaijan (2000-2003), served in a similar interim charge capacity ...
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Ambassador Ross Wilson’s statement to media following his meeting with Foreign Minister Zalkaliani (November 9)

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s statement to media following his meeting with Foreign Minister Zalkaliani (November 9) Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim:  Good afternoon!  I want to begin by thanking the Foreign Minister for making himself available to me on my very first day in Georgia.  We had, I think, an excellent conversation that familiarized me, or refamiliarized me, with Georgia’s perspective ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media on the sidelines of the reception at USS Oak Hill (March 18)

Q-n about the importance of the USS Oak Hill visit to Batumi  Ambassador Kelly:  I think this is yet another example of the United States’ support of Georgia’s sovereignty and independence.  This is the largest ship that has come to Batumi.  This ship is a great symbol of the ability of the United States to project power all over the globe.  It is not ...
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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)

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)

  Ambassador Kelly’s media interaction at the official launch of the Government of Georgia Strategic Communications Program funded by the U.S. Embassy Q-n about the Strategic Communications Program funded by the U.S. Embassy Ambassador Kelly:  I was very pleased to participate with the Prime Minister to kick-off this very important training program. We believe that strategic communications—disciplined messaging—is very important for any ...
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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)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Parliamentary Oversight Presentation (February 13) Q-n about the event          Ambassador Kelly:  First of all, I’m very pleased to participate in this event with its sponsor Transparency International.  I’m very appreciative to Transparency International for their analysis of this very important issue, and the United States wants Georgia ...
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Ambassador Ian Kelly at presentation of the The Heritage Foundation report “NATO Membership for Georgia: It Is in the of U.S. and European Interest.

Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to media following the presentation of the The Heritage Foundation report “NATO Membership for Georgia: It Is in the of U.S. and European Interest.” (February 8) Q-n about the Heritage Foundation  report suggesting  temporary suspension of Article 5 toward Georgia’s  occupied territories  Ambassador Kelly:  First of all, I would say that no one should doubt ...
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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)

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)

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)

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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Ambassador Kelly Participates in NDI Conference on Public Opinion Research and Polling (January 23)

Ambassador Kelly Participates in NDI Conference on Public Opinion Research and Polling (January 23) Ambassador Ian Kelly gave opening remarks at the NDI and CRRC-sponsored conference, Trends behind Numbers: Balancing Policies and Needs.  The day-long conference brought together influential public opinion research experts from the United States and around the world to address the value ...
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Ambassadors and senior diplomats will perform on stage in support of the ‘16 Days Campaign’ against Gender-Based Violence (December 7)

Ambassadors and senior diplomats will perform on stage in support of the ‘16 Days Campaign’ against Gender-Based Violence (December 7) This evening, seven senior diplomats will go on stage at the Marjanishvili Theatre in Tbilisi to perform in the internationally acclaimed documentary play “Seven”. Their performance will take place in support of the global 16 ...
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Ambassador Kelly performs on-stage in support of the ‘16 Days Campaign’ against Gender-Based Violence (December 7)

Ambassador Kelly performs on-stage in support of the ‘16 Days Campaign’ against Gender-Based Violence (December 7) Ambassador Kelly joined six other senior diplomats December 7 in a performance of the internationally acclaimed documentary play “Seven” to raise awareness of the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’, the International Day for the Elimination of ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media made ahead of screening the documentary 25th Anniversary of U.S. – Georgia diplomatic relations (December 4)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media made ahead of screening the documentary 25th Anniversary of U.S. – Georgia diplomatic relations (December 4) Q-n about the documentary Ambassador Kelly: It was a real honor for me to participate in this film, to be interviewed for it along with previous Ambassadors to Georgia.  It will be a ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement on the sidelines of the opening session of the new parliament (November 18)

Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement on the sidelines of the opening session of the new parliament (November 18) Q-n regarding expectations of new parliament:  This is a great honor for me to be here.  This is a great day for Georgia: first day of the new parliament.  I look forward to working with the parliament and ...
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Ambassador Kelly Participates in Distinguished Visitor Day at NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 (November 17)

Ambassador Kelly Participates in Distinguished Visitor Day at NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016 (November 17) Ambassador Kelly participated in Distinguished Visitor Day at NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016.  A high-level delegation of over 130 dignitaries visited the exercise November 17 to demonstrate support. The delegation included senior Georgian government leaders including President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defence ...
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Ambassador Kelly participates in launch of ground-breaking public-private partnership fund for SDSU-Georgia (November 16)

Ambassador Kelly participates in launch of ground-breaking public-private partnership fund for SDSU-Georgia (November 16) Partnering with SDSU to support Georgia’s best and brightest science and math students just got easier!  Today, Ambassador Kelly joined Minister of Education and Science Alexandre Jejelava, SDSU distinguished faculty and administrators, Millennium Challenge partners, and Georgian public and private sector ...
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Grand Opening Ceremony for EXBS’ Green Border Sector “Iori” (November 15)

Grand Opening Ceremony for EXBS’ Green Border Sector “Iori” (November 15) On November 15, Ambassador Kelly delivered remarks at the opening ceremony for the new Iori Green Border Sector Building sponsored by the U.S. government’s Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS).  The construction of this new building is a critical improvement in the ...
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Ambassador Kelly greeted the newest fellows for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency-sponsored Georgia Biosciences Fellowship Program (November 14)

Ambassador Kelly greeted the newest fellows for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency-sponsored Georgia Biosciences Fellowship Program (November 14) On November 14, Ambassador Kelly greeted the newest fellows for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency-sponsored Georgia Biosciences Fellowship Program.  Natia Kartskhia, from the National Food Agency; Ana Kapanadze, from the Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture; and ...
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Ambassador Ian Kelly participated in the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14)

Ambassador Ian Kelly participated in the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14) On November 14, Ambassador Ian Kelly and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili participated in the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).  GEW is a week long celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Election Party (November 9)

U.S. Embassy Hosts Election Party (November 9) The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, celebrated the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election with an Election Day Breakfast November 9.  Activities included live streamed video coverage of election returns, a mock election, and U.S. history trivia.  Free and fair elections are ...
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General Nicholson meets with Prime Minister of Georgia Kvirikashvili (November 7)

General Nicholson meets with Prime Minister of Georgia Kvirikashvili (November 7) General John Nicholson, Commander of NATO’s Resolute Support and United States Forces – Afghanistan, and Ambassador Kelly met with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Minister of Defense Levan Izoria November 7.  They discussed the international commitment to Afghanistan and the NATO and USFOR-A missions, as ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comment to Rustavi 2 following his tour of the station facilities and meeting with the staff (November 1)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment to Rustavi 2 following his tour of the station facilities and meeting with the staff (November 1) Q-n from Rustavi 2: If the Ambassador’s visit to Rustavi 2 is a “clear signal” that the USG supports the channel Ambassador Kelly: I think this visit has been a long time coming.  I have ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s engagement with the media following International Elections Observation Mission’s press conference (October 31)

"I think, once again, this showed that Georgia is a leader in terms of democratic development ensuring that elections are competitive, that there are a number of points of view and Georgian voters have a chance to exercise their right of freedom of choice."
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Georgian Border Police command/control center at Sadakhlo (October 27)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Georgian Border Police command and control center at Sadakhlo (October 27) On October 27, Ambassador Kelly delivered remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Georgian Border Police command and control center at Sadakhlo.  This upgraded facility is part of the U.S.-Georgia Land Border Project that is enhancing the capabilities of the ...
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Ambassador Ian Kelly participated on 2nd Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group Meeting (October 24)

Ambassador Ian Kelly participated on 2nd Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group Meeting (October 24) On October 24, Ambassador Kelly welcomed viral hepatitis experts from around the world to the second technical advisory group (TAG) to implement the Hepatitis C Elimination Plan.  The Elimination Plan aims to cure at least 80% of HCV-infected adults by 2020.  ...
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52nd Georgian Light Infantry Battalion returns from Afghanistan (October 21)

52nd Georgian Light Infantry Battalion returns from Afghanistan (October 21) On October 21st, Ambassador Kelly welcomed home Georgian soldiers redeploying from Afghanistan in support of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.  On behalf of the United States, Ambassador Kelly thanked the soldiers for their selfless service in advancing international peace and security.
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Ambassador Kelly Meets with Children and Volunteers at the Weekend School in Mestia (October 16)

Ambassador Kelly Meets with Children and Volunteers at the Weekend School in Mestia (October 16) On October 16, Ambassador Kelly visited with the children of the Weekend School in Mestia and met with representatives of the NGO Together for Real Changes (TRC).  TRC is a Disabled Persons Organization (DPO) and peer-to-peer model created to bring ...
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USS Mount Whitney Reception (October 16)

USS Mount Whitney Reception (October 16) The USS Mount Whitney’s fourth visit to Batumi concluded on Friday night with an on-board reception for U.S. and Georgian officials, including Prime Minister Kvirikashvili and Ambassador Ian Kelly.  Ambassador Kelly reminded the audience that the USS Mount Whitney was one of the first ships to arrive in Georgia ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media made at the Georgian Public Broadcaster during the launch of the Embassy-sponsored grant program to improve a

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media made at the Georgian Public Broadcaster during the launch of the Embassy-sponsored grant program to improve access to information for ethnic minorities (October 11) Q-n Request for comment on Georgia’s parliamentary elections   Ambassador Kelly: The United States Embassy agrees with the assessment of the international observers, the OSCE’s Office of ...
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U.S. Embassy is Observing Elections in Georgia (October 8)

U.S. Embassy is Observing Elections in Georgia (October 8) Around 100 international observers (including Ambassadors!) are visiting polling stations all over Georgia to watch the country’s citizens exercise their right to vote and to help ensure a free, fair, and transparent election process.  As part of this mission, the U.S., British, and Dutch Ambassadors visited ...
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MCC supports refurbishment of public schools in Shida Kartli region (September 28)

MCC supports refurbishment of public schools in Shida Kartli region (September 28) On September  28, the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Deputy CEO Nancy Lee and Ambassador Kelly participated in ribbon-cutting ceremony at a rehabilitated public school in the Shida Kartli region. MCC is funding the refurbishment of up to 100 schools to improve ...
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San Diego State University-Georgia Celebrates Student Convocation (September 27)

San Diego State University-Georgia Celebrates Student Convocation (September 27) U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Deputy CEO Nancy Lee, Ambassador Kelly, and Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Alexandre Jejelava delivered remarks at a convocation for enrolled students at San Diego State University-Georgia (SDSU-Georgia).  The  SDSU-Georgia partnership  is MCC’s flagship investment in higher education and the only U.S. ...
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Kabul Company Deployment Ceremony (September 26)

Kabul Company Deployment Ceremony (September 26) On September 26th, Ambassador Kelly delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 32nd 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.  Since 2009, U.S. and Georgian Armed Forces have developed a close ...
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Millennium Innovation Award Kick-Off Celebrates Student Excellence in STEM (September 21)

Millennium Innovation Award Kick-Off Celebrates Student Excellence in STEM (September 21) On September 21, Ambassador Ian Kelly and Minister of Education Alexander Jejelava and Pawel Smalinsky, CEO of GeoCell cheered the start of Georgia’s third Innovation Challenge.  We welcome GeoCell’s participation in this innovative project to promote the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines ...
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Ambassador Kelly hosted a reception for one of the largest American companies in the Georgian market (September 20)

Ambassador Kelly hosted a reception for one of the largest American companies in the Georgian market (September 20) On September 20, Ambassador Kelly hosted a reception for AECOM, one of the largest American companies in the Georgian market.  AECOM introduced its current and future projects in Georgia to a large audience of public and private ...
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Ambassador Kelly visited Georgia’s 112 Emergency Dispatch center (September 20)

Ambassador Kelly visited Georgia’s 112 Emergency Dispatch center (September 20) On September 20, Ambassador Kelly visited Georgia’s 112 Emergency Dispatch center, where operators receive, analyze, and transfer incoming calls to police, fire rescue, and ambulance.  The center operates 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.  Founded in 2012, the center serves all of Georgia and was ...
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Ambassador Kelly at the George C. Marshall Center’s conference “Volatility in the Black Sea Region: Building Resilience and Cooperative Security”

Ambassador Kelly at the George C. Marshall Center’s conference “Volatility in the Black Sea Region: Building Resilience and Cooperative Security” (September 19) Ambassador Kelly delivered remarks September 19 at the George C. Marshall Center’s conference “Volatility in the Black Sea Region: Building Resilience and Cooperative Security,” stressing the importance of close cooperation among like-minded countries ...
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Ambassador Kelly attended the Annual Conference of the Economic Policy Advocacy Coalition (September 16)

Ambassador Kelly attended the Annual Conference of the Economic Policy Advocacy Coalition (September 16) On September 16, Ambassador Kelly attended the Annual Conference of the Economic Policy Advocacy Coalition (EPAC) held at the Mtskheta offices of the Intellectual Property Center “Sakpatenti.”  The event acknowledged the efforts and success of EPAC’s first year of policy advocacy ...
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Lieutenant General Hodges, Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, visits ABL (September 8)

Lieutenant General Hodges, Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, visits ABL (September 8) “This is my first time to visit actual administrative border line. I’m happy to see EU monitoring mission is here doing its job. It’s amazing that they can not go into the other side of ABL to monitor compliance there. But it’s ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to the Press at Tbilisi International Conference (September 7)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to the Press at Tbilisi International Conference (September 7)   Q: Ambassador’s impressions of the conference A: Well this is a very important conference bringing together some of the most articulate and forceful advocates for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and I think it’s yet another token of the United States’s commitment to helping ...
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Ambassador Kelly and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili at Start Up Georgia (August 25)

Ambassador Kelly and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili at Start Up Georgia Entrepreneurs improve their lives and their communities through good ideas, hard work, and a little bit of luck. Start Up Georgia is a program that helps to turn these ideas into reality. We‘d like to congratulate the winners and wish them luck! You can learn ...
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Ambassador speaks at British Medical Journal Training Initiative Launch

Ambassador speaks at British Medical Journal Training Initiative Launch On August 10, Ambassador Kelly joined Mr. Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, to launch the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Training Initiative in Georgia.  Sponsored by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, this exciting initiative will provide up-to-date resources and web-based learning for ...
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Ambassador Kelly congratulates newest graduates of GFSIS Training Program

On July 26, the Ambassador participated in the graduation ceremony of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) National Security and Public Policy Training Program. In his remarks, Ambassador Kelly emphasized the training program’s importance in furthering Georgia’s progress in its efforts toward Euro-Atlantic integration.  He also discussed how the U.S. government has ...
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Ambassador Kelly meets with FLEX exchange program alumni

Ambassador Kelly welcomed 80 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program alumni who spent the past year at high schools across the U.S. and living with American families. The FLEX program, implemented in Georgia by American Councils, sent more than 1,000 Georgian high school students to the United States over the past 23 years. FLEX alumni have ...
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