Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to media at Parliament

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: Today was a great opportunity to come to Parliament with our new USAID Mission Director, John Pennell. We had a chance to talk about the many different areas of cooperation and partnership that USAID has throughout Georgia, from economic growth to energy independence, basic education, vocational education, industry-driven skills …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Field Epidemiology Program Graduation

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: This is a really important date: to be part of the graduation of the first cohort of field epidemiologists. This is an opportunity to bring together regional public health experts to develop their expertise in identifying potential diseases that can affect all of our societies. This brought together public health …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Judicial Resident Legal Advisor Program

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  This was a great opportunity to review and celebrate the many successes of our Resident Legal Advisor judicial program. This program began in 2018 through the Department of Justice, funded through the State Department’s Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics, INL, designed to pair up Georgian judges with …

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US Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Regional Court in Ambrolauri

We believe that when a judge is armed with the tools and knowledge needed to uphold the rule of law, a country can strengthen its democracy. This is why we put great effort into providing Georgian judges with educational and professional exchange opportunities. When visiting regions, it is important for Ambassador Degnan to meet local …

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Georgia, USA Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Table Top Exercise

The United States is helping build the resilience of first responders of Racha.  The recent forest fires in Borjomi and Ambrolauri have shown the importance of interagency cooperation.  During Ambassador Degnan’s recent visit, she attended the Racha Regional Response Exercise (GEMA) supported by the State of Georgia Emergency Management Agency and National Guard Soldiers, where …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Racha Regional Leadership

Racha is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions of Georgia, both for its scenic grandeur and cultural heritage. During her meeting with local government officials, Ambassador Degnan expressed readiness to support Racha’s political and economic development. She also told her hosts about the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation , through which many sites in Georgia have been restored. To …

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US Ambassador Kelly Degnan observes High Angle Rescue Training

Have you ever thought about the variety of education and skills first responders need?  High-angle rescue is only one aspect of their work, and because of Georgia’s terrain, it is also a very important one. It is always a pleasure to share our knowledge and experience with Georgia’s Emergency Management Service. Today Ambassador Degnan attended …

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Ambassador Degnan participated in Women for Development of High Mountainous Regions – Grant-Closing Conference

United States government programs aim to strengthen women leadership at all levels of Georgia’s democracy.  US Ambassador Kelly Degnan attended the “Women for Development of High Mountainous Regions” grant-closing ceremony. Women’s leadership and economic sustainability for regional development grant programs are supported by USAID through the USAID Economic Governance Program in three areas, including Imereti …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits Tchrebalo Winery/Restaurant

The United States supports Georgian women entrepreneurs.  Today, Ambassador Degnan visited Tchrebalo Winery which has opened a new restaurant with U.S. support. Ambassador took a tour of the facilities and met with the owners, Salome and Sofia Lekishvili. To improve customer experience and attract new visitors to the winery, USAID’s Economic Security Program helped the …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits Nikortsminda Cathedral

During her trip to Racha, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan paid a visit to the Nikortsminda Cathedral. Between 1010 and 1014, Bagrat III of Georgia – the founding monarch of the unified Kingdom of Georgia – built Nikortsminda Cathedral. It was later repaired in 1534 by Imereti’s King Bagrat III. The Cathedral is on the tentative …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Tbilisi International Conference

Question about ruling party comment that organizers of this conference were “enemies of Georgia” Ambassador Degnan:  The United States is a strong supporter of inclusive dialogue. That is something that we think is absolutely essential. This conference has been organized here in Tbilisi since 2014 in the spirit of information sharing, inclusive dialogue, and the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at MOU Signing Between Texas A&M and Robakidze University

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan: We’re very excited to be here today for the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Robakidze University and Texas A and M University in Texas, one of the largest student body colleges in the United States, and the first university in Texas. This is a really exciting program that …

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Ambassador Degnan attended Public Health Emergency Management Conference

Public health collaboration between the United States and Georgia is a crucial component of our strategic partnership. As we commemorate 30 years of diplomatic relations, Georgian-American accomplishments in the field of health stand out in particular. In order to share lessons learned and improve our capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to health hazards in …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Wendy’s Grand Opening

Question about Kobakhidze’s comments on ISFED Ambassador Degnan: The United States has full confidence in ISFED.  It’s a highly respected and experienced election monitoring organization. ISFED participated in last summer’s electoral reform working group that was chaired by the current Speaker and that produced some important, very useful electoral reform legislation that was subsequently adopted by …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Ilia Chavchavadze Museum

The concept of “Founding Fathers” is near and dear to American’s hearts. In this country, Ilia Chavchavadze is considered the founding father of modern Georgia. His multifaceted work and rich legacy inspires admiration and pride throughout the nation, and it brings our Mission great pride to know that 30 years of U.S.-Georgia partnership was founded …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Tserovani IDP Settlement

IDP needs, just like their stories, are different. For years, through our close cooperation with organizations like Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Hub, we’ve helped IDPs improve their lives. As we celebrate 30 years of U.S.-Georgia partnership, it is impossible not to mention the effort that local activists, organizations, and IDPs themselves put in, alongside their American partners, …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan met Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Police Officials, Governor, and Mayor

Cooperation with local government and law enforcement agencies is incredibly important for the success of the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership. Throughout this country, including in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, we conduct numerous programs which require the involvement or support of the local government and law enforcement. Today Ambassador Degnan met with the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Governor, Mayor, and the officials of …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Georgia is rich with cultural heritage, and through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the U.S. Embassy has worked with our Georgian partners to preserve and restore some of this country’s most important religious and cultural sites. Whether on official or private visits, we always find time to explore these Georgian treasures. During the Ambassador’s …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Gazelle Finance and CAMEX Airlines Event

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I’m very excited to be here today for the launch of this beautiful Boeing 737 aircraft, which is the first of CAMEX Airlines’ new fleet of cargo planes. This is a project that is another great example of Georgian and U.S. economic collaboration. The American-led Gazelle Finance invested 2.5 …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Local Government Representatives

The Embassy appreciates local government partners who help us support hundreds of projects in Georgia towards our mutual goals: peace, prosperity, and security. Ambassador Degnan and regional officials in Samagrelo-Zemo Svaneti reviewed our efforts and shared future plans including USAID’s recently announced $24 million project to support local governance.

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Ambassador Degnan meets with Upper Svaneti Metropolitan and Bishop of Poti

Georgia and the United States share a strong faith tradition, spirit of religious tolerance and appreciation for cultural diversity. In Samegrelo—Zemo Svaneti, Ambassador Degnan met religious leaders and shared the Embassy’s deep respect for the Georgian Orthodox Church. For over two decades, we have partnered with the Georgian Orthodox Church to preserve Georgia’s unique culture …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Rondeli Foundation Event

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be able to be part of a conference that is celebrating and reinforcing support for Ukraine and the long friendship between Georgia and Ukraine. It’s more important than ever right now that Georgia and Ukraine stand together against Russia’s aggression. Both countries know what it …

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Ambassador Degnan visits a construction site of a railhead in Poti

Military cooperation, training, and service – a long-held and strong partnership between the U.S. and Georgia as we work together for peace and the restoration of Georgia’s territorial integrity. We stand proudly shoulder to shoulder as Georgia continues on the path to NATO integration. The construction of a railhead in Poti is one key project …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Zugdidi District Court 

What promotes peace, stability, and shared prosperity? Rule of law and judicial independence. Ambassador Degnan and judges in Zugdidi discussed how the Embassy supports Georgia’s efforts to build an effective and trusted judiciary through programs like mentorships and training courses. The U.S. commitment to Georgia’s development and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations remains strong.

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Ambassador Degnan visits Media Development Fund Workshop for Youth in Tsalenjikha

In the digital age, we all must smartly consume information. Fake news and disinformation are favorite tools of malign actors seeking to sow confusion and create mistrust. With the Embassy’s longtime partner Media Development Fund, youth across Georgia have been empowered with media literacy. In Tsalenjikha, Ambassador Degnan met with youth to hear about the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Tsalenjhika Mayor’s Office

I’m very pleased to be here in Tsalenjhika today. It was a wonderful, warm welcome that we received when we arrived to meet with the mayor and the chair of the Sakrebulo. We had a very interesting discussion about the mayor and the chair of the Sakrebulo, his priorities, which are education, giving opportunities for …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Trans-Caucasian Trail NGO Representatives

Interested in breathtaking scenery and fascinating history? Add stunning Svaneti to your list! To help create good paying jobs, the U.S. is trying to boost the tourism industry by working with partners like the Trans-Caucasian Trail NGO to increase sustainable tourism and bring prosperity to villages. Ambassador Degnan talked with partners about gains for local …

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Ambassador Degnan Media Comments in Press Gaggle at the Sheraton

Question about Judge Lasha Chkhikvadze’s comment alleging U.S. Embassy interference in his decision on Nika Gvaramia’s case Ambassador Degnan:   Any suggestion that the United States was interfering in the judicial process here is, is simply not true.  We’ve spent years helping Georgia build an independent, impartial, transparent judiciary.  It is an essential pillar of …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USAID’s Digital Day in the Life

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  I’m really excited to be here today for the launch of an initiative that is designed to promote tourism here in Georgia, high-value tourism, too. That creates good jobs. This is a partnership between the Ministry of Economy, the Georgian National Tourism Administration, USAID, and a stellar private sector …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at MOIA Police Academy

Ambassador Degnan:  I am delighted to be here at the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  I’ve just had a very impressive tour of the facility.  I am very proud of the partnership between the Police Academy and the U.S. Embassy—this is a 30-year partnership that has, every step of the way, supported …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to media at the Screening of “Davita”

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I am here for the launch of a really cool media literacy project with Democracy Lab and the United States Embassy, for an animation series with the character, “Davita.”  It’s really going to be great, and it’s going to start in October, so I hope all you Davita fans …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Tbilisi PRIDE’s Regional LGBTQI+ Conference

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I’m very pleased to be here today for the LGBTQI+ Pride Week Regional Conference to discuss the issues and challenges facing the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia and in the region. The Biden administration has placed human rights at the centerpiece of our foreign policy. This is because we deeply …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Georgian Media Partnership Program

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  We’re here today to recognize the participants in the Georgian Media Partnership Program, which is one of the flagship media support programs of the U.S. Embassy.  The Georgia Media Partnership Program has trained over 151 journalists at 16 different TV outlets throughout Georgia over the past 10 years. Tonight, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USAID Renewable Energy Event

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  Well, we’re here today for a conference organized by USAID and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development on renewable energy and investment.  For 30 years, the United States has been working with Georgia to develop its clean, reliable, renewable, affordable energy.  This is very important for Georgia’s economic …

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Ambassador Remarks to Media at USAID Public Defender Partnership Signing

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  I’m here today for the launch of the new USAID Public Defender’s Office partnership program. The constitution of Georgia recognized the importance of protecting human rights by creating the Public Defender’s Office with a mandate to do just that. This is something that professionals in the Public Defender’s Office take very …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Batumi City Court Judges

Ambassador Degnan, during her regional visits to celebrate the 30th anniversary of US-Georgia diplomatic relations, has welcomed the opportunity to meet with Georgia’s judges to discuss ways the United States can support the development of an efficient, independent, impartial judiciary. She was honored to meet with the Batumi City Court judges today to learn about …

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Ambassador Degnan opened the new American Shelf in Khulo

Ambassador Degnan is visiting Adjara in celebration of the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Georgia relations. Today she toured Khulo and opened the new American Shelf, where anyone can come to learn more about the United States, practice English skills, and meet alumni of exchange programs. She also visited Kvirike mosque near Kobuleti, where she discussed religious …

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Ambassador Degnan visited the community center in Mukhaestate

For five years the U.S. Embassy’s INL office supported community policing programs in the Adjara region to bring municipal workers, teachers, parents, and police officers together to make their communities safer. In Mukhaestate, they identified the lack of a safe meeting space for students and community members and worked together to achieve this goal. This …

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Ambassador Degnan the Multimodal Terminal in Batumi

The United States supports Georgian economic development by working with American firms to enter and compete in Georgian markets. The Multimodal Terminal in Batumi is an example of this support, representing the biggest American investment in the Adjara region. During her visit to the terminal Ambassador Degnan noted how such investments pave the way for …

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U.S. Government Supports Strengthening Cryptocurrency Prosecutions and Investigations of Georgia

U.S. Law Enforcement agencies represented in the Embassy have partnered to offer Cryptocurrency Seizure and Forfeiture Training to Georgian investigators and prosecutors by sharing our protocols and best practices. This training program further advances our work with Georgian law enforcement and the Prosecution Service of Georgia in drafting virtual currency seizure protocols for Georgia.   The …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Judges’ Day Event

Question on the event Ambassador Degnan: Today’s event hosted by USAID marks the 19th anniversary of Judges’ Day, bringing together law students and judges who to recognize the judges who are working to improve and strengthen an independent judicial system here in Georgia. Judges play an essential role in the independence judicial system, and in …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at AMCHAM Skills Building Event

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  For 30 years, the United States has been working with Georgia to help develop the economy, and the partnership that we’re forging today with the American Chamber of Commerce and the key hospitality industries here is an important part of that.  This is designed to help Georgia’s tourism and …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the Ozurgeti American Shelf

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I am so happy to be here in Ozurgeti, back in Guria. for the third time on this important occasion, which is the opening of the American shelf here at the library in Ozurgeti. This is a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and …

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Ambassador Degnan visited the Institute for Change and Innovation

Peace Corps Volunteers can leave a lasting positive impact in the places they serve. The Institute for Change and Innovation (ICI), an NGO co-founded by current director Tamar Ghlonti and the head of the board, Zviad Eradze, and a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ozurgeti, is a vivid example of such impact. Since its founding, …

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Ambassador Degnan met with the talented and motivated youth of Guria

To help increase youth employment in rural communities, the U.S. Government funded an innovative project for high school students and teachers in Guria designed to strengthen vocational and entrepreneurial skills. The agriculture entrepreneurship clubs that have been created in the framework of this project will continue to provide entrepreneurial knowledge to teachers and students via …

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Ambassador Degnan met with Tea Route Association members

Georgia’s agrotourism sector has incredible potential, and the U.S. Government is helping to develop this sphere. We are excited about our new partnership with the Tea Route Association to plan and implement the USAID Economic Security Program’s “Guria Tea Route” project. It will be the first component of a larger Guria Hospitality Trail that merges …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan met Ozurgeti District Court Judges

Independent, effective, and accountable legal institutions are crucial for human rights protection, for Georgia’s democratic and economic development, and for the Government of Georgia to meet its stated goal of deeper Euro-Atlantic integration. Today Ambassador Degnan spoke with Ozurgeti District Court judges and staff about efforts to strengthen the rule of law, as well as …

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Ambassador Degnan visited Vocational College in Guria

The United States has invested millions of dollars in developing vocational education in Georgia, helping businesses expand and developing a key segment of Georgia’s workforce. Today Ambassador Degnan visited one of the Embassy’s partner centers, Horizonti, the only vocational college in the Guria region. Beyond its technical efforts in education, Horizonti has worked closely with …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to the Media at the Opening of the Photo Exhibit “Three Colors: Green, Red, Blue”

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: I am delighted to be here to open this wonderful photography exhibit that is showing photographs of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan from over a hundred years ago. This is a great collaboration between the two: we see a photography and multi-media museum and the United States Library of Congress …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to media at American Chamber of Commerce event to benefit Ukraine

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: As we enter the 50th day, I believe, of this terrible aggression by Russia against the people of Ukraine, we’re all looking for ways we can support the courageous people who are fighting so bravely for Ukraine, for their homeland, and for their sovereignty. And tonight’s event is …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits Kveshi Public School Near the Administrative Boundary Line

On April 6, 2022, Ambassador Degnan visited Kveshi Public School in the Shida Kartli region, just one kilometer from the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL). The school, which serves 250 students, was renovated through 1.5 million GEL in assistance from United States European Command’s Humanitarian Assistance program in January 2020. This project is part of the …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits National Defense Academy of Georgia

U.S.-Georgian security and defense cooperation is the cornerstone of our strategic partnership. Today, Ambassador Degnan visited Georgia’s Davit Aghmashenebeli National Defense Academy (NDA) and met with Rector Brigadier General Mamia Balakhadze. The NDA is the backbone of the Georgian Defense Forces’ officer corps. The United States Embassy is proud to offer support to its mission …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at 30th Anniversary Concert

Mogesalmebit! Thank you for coming tonight to join us in marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia! We formally established diplomatic relations with Georgia on March 24, 1992. But America’s first diplomatic presence started over 100 years before that, in Batumi in 1890. Our long history of friendship between Americans …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Event Marking 30 Years of U.S. – Georgian Diplomatic Relations

We’re here today to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia. We’re very, very proud of what the United States and Georgia have been able to accomplish over the last 30 years. I see it everywhere I go when I travel around Georgia: in the schools that we built together …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

Question about the day’s meetings Ambassador Degnan: We had a very good discussion about what’s happening in the region, the very serious and tragic war that was started by Mr. Putin and the Kremlin that is killing thousands of children and Ukrainian citizens out of completely unprovoked aggression. We also discussed my recent meetings in …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

About President Zourabichvili’s address Ambassador Degnan:  The President had a very clear, strong message today. I thought her speech was really excellent in emphasizing the importance right now of unity—unity throughout the Georgian government, unity with the opposition and the ruling party, unity with the people of Georgia who have been so warm and generous …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Pankisi

During her visit to Pankisi, Ambassador Degnan met with local community and youth leaders to hear their thoughts about regional security issues as well as accomplishments and successes and challenges the community faces. Community and youth leaders discussed the positive and lasting impact U.S. government funded projects have had on local communities in Pankisi. Through …

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Ambassador Degnan hosted several of Georgia’s top female law enforcement and justice sector officials

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Ambassador hosted several of Georgia’s top female law enforcement and justice sector officials to recognize their important contributions to ensuring peace, security, and public safety in Georgia.  A police officer is often the primary representative of the state with whom citizens interact and it is paramount that law enforcement …

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to Media at Rondeli Foundation Event: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan: This was a very important event organized by the Rondeli Foundation.  It was an extremely timely opportunity to come together to talk about our concerns about Russian aggression against Ukraine, and to show our support for the Ukrainian people as they are under attack in an unprovoked and unwarranted war …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Parliament

Question about the meeting Ambassador Degnan:  I’m very happy to be back in Tbilisi. I just had a very useful meeting with Speaker Paupashvili. We discussed my consultations in Washington, as well as Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. In all my meetings in Washington, it was very clear that there remains broad bi-partisan support for Georgia’s …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Meeting with Minister of Defense Burchuladze

The United States and Georgia have a very strong, robust security relationship. The Minister and I today were discussing various ways that we are cooperating to strengthen Georgia’s ability to defend its borders and deter Russian aggression. It is a very important moment at a critical moment for all of our countries as Russia is …

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Georgia’s Judges, Ambassador Degnan Kick Off USAID Program to Strengthen Courts

TBILISI — This evening, Ambassador Kelly Degnan will address an assembly of Georgia’s judges to celebrate the launch of the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Rule of Law program, one of the dozens of programs administered by a spectrum of offices and agencies in the U.S. Embassy in support of Georgia’s democratic development. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media after Meeting with Parliament Speaker

Question about the meeting Ambassador Degnan:  I had a very interesting meeting with Speaker Shalva Papuashvili. I really appreciate him taking the time.  We discussed a number of different topics, including his recent trip to NATO and his meetings with the Georgia-NATO Commission. We also discussed, of course, the appointment process for the heads of …

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

It was a pleasure to meet with Minister Azarashvili and his new Deputy today to talk about the COVID situation in Georgia, but also many other issues–important issues that are covered by this Minister. The United States for 30 years has worked very closely with the Georgian Ministry of Health on public health issues, including …

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Ambassador Degnan visits U.S. Embassy-supported Joint Maritime Operations Center

Georgia’s Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) plays a critical role in Black Sea security and the integrity of Georgia’s maritime borders. Last week, Ambassador Degnan met Deputy Head of Border Police, Gocha Janjghava, and JMOC Director, Commander Shota Mirotadze to reiterate the United States’ commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  JMOC is an interagency …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Pace Terminal Opening

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  I’m very pleased to be here for the opening of the expanded Pace Terminal here at Poti Seaport. This is a huge success story for Georgia, as well as for the cooperation between the United States and Georgia. The United States has supported this project through a $50 million …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Milk Factory in Terjola Municipality

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan:  I’m very pleased to be here today to visit Kakha Manjavidze’s milk processing facility. This is a business that is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Food for Progress program. This is a great example of what introducing new technology and improving a food safety …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited a milk processing factory in Village Siktarva

The United States, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service Food for Progress Program, supports Georgia in strengthening its dairy and beef sectors and food safety systems.  Today Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited a milk processing factory owned by Kakha Manjavidze in Village Siktarva, Terjola municipality, and observed how USDA assistance helped Kakha improve …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at International Customs Day

Question about the event Ambassador Degnan:  It’s a great privilege to be here today to celebrate International Customs Day and the United States’ long partnership with Georgia’s Customs Administration. This is a day when we can recognize the very important work that customs officers do every single day. You see what they do in terms …

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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)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to media at the 9th Women in Policing Conference (March 3) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am delighted to be part of the opening of the ninth annual Women in Policing workshop here in Tbilisi. It is designed to inspire and educate female police officers and help further …

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Ambassador Degnan meets with NDI President Mitchell (February 23)

Ambassador Degnan meets with NDI President Mitchell (February 23) Today Ambassador Kelly Degnan met with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) President Derek Mitchell, during his visit to Georgia, to discuss the current political and pre-electoral environment. NDI plays a critical role as a non-partisan organization working with a range of partners to support democratic institutions …

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Ambassador Degnan’s meeting with opposition leaders (February 18)

Ambassador Degnan’s meeting with opposition leaders (February 18) Ambassador Kelly Degnan today hosted opposition leaders to meet them and discuss Georgia’s political environment. Ambassador Degnan reiterated the importance of all sides actively participating in the ongoing political dialogue and wider electoral reform process to address OSCE-ODIHR recommendations.

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with MOH Tikaradze (February 11)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with MOH Tikaradze (February 11) Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: We had a very valuable meeting with the Minister today, covering a range of issues. We have so much cooperation in the health sector, the labor sector, social issues in general. We discussed a little …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Infrastructure Minister Tskitishvili (February 10)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Infrastructure Minister Tskitishvili (February 10)   q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: We had an excellent meeting today.  Very informative.  I’m impressed at the amount of work that is going on to touch Georgians’ lives from the local level on up with different initiatives aimed at building …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II (February 4)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II (February 4) Today, February 4th, the U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited His Holiness the Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II. Patriarch Ilia II congratulated Ambassador Degnan on her appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and wished her success. The Ambassador thanked His Holiness for the warm welcome …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Parliament Speaker Talakvadze ( February 3)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting Parliament Speaker Talakvadze ( February 3) Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It was a very good, constructive conversation I just had with the Speaker. We discussed a number of areas where we already have very strong cooperation: the security field, education, democratization of Georgia’s political …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Prime Minister Gakharia (January 31)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Prime Minister Gakharia (January 31) Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: It was a very substantive conversation, I really enjoyed it. We covered a number of topics, including security cooperation, our economic cooperation, and opportunities to increase our economic ties. We had a good discussion …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at MFA after Presenting Credentials (January 31)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan presented her Credentials at MFA (January 31) Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of presenting her credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani and President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili. Ambassador Degnan will now officially assume her duties as the Chief of Mission of the United States to Georgia. Ambassador Kelly …

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U.S. Embassy announces the arrival of Ambassador Kelly Degnan (January 29)

U.S. Embassy announces the arrival of Ambassador Kelly Degnan (January 29)   U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is very pleased to announce the arrival of Ambassador Kelly Degnan at Tbilisi International Airport. Welcome to Georgia, Madame Ambassador!  We look forward to the work we will do together to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Georgia. …

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Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)

Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)   Thank you, U/S Hale, for those generous remarks. Some of my most memorable FS moments come from my time on P Staff, so I feel honored to have you – “P”, the U/S for Political Affairs — here today to administer the oath. I’d like to give a …

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Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (December 20)

Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (December 20) The U.S. Embassy is pleased to share the news that the U.S. Senate has confirmed by unanimous consent Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination to become Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia.  Ambassador-Designate Degnan will take her oath of …

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CDA Wilson’s comment made to the media at Georgian–American University celebrating the 27th anniversary of U.S.–Georgia diplomatic relations (May 2)

Charge d’Affairs Ross Wilson’s comment made to the media at the Georgian –American University celebrating the 27th anniversary of U.S. – Georgia diplomatic relations (May 2)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Ambassador Wilson: So, this is a really happy day here, to commemorate 27 years of U.S.-Georgian relations and the opening of our Embassy almost …

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Statement on Ambassador Wilson’s Departure (April 25)

Statement on Ambassador Wilson’s Departure (April 25) Ambassador Ross Wilson, who has served as American Chargé d’Affaires in Tbilisi since early November, will be departing Georgia and returning to private life upon completion of his temporary assignment in mid-May.  He was honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States in Georgia and to …

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You Are Welcome Here – By Ambassador Ross Wilson

You Are Welcome Here I want to congratulate all students in Georgia who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you should be proud …

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CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Empowerment Forum (March 26)

CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Empowerment Forum (March 26) Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Ambassador Ross Wilson: I was greatly honored to take part in the opening of this conference here organized by the Gender Equality Council and the USAID. It showcases women, dozens of women, who are in that room accomplishing …

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CDA Wilson’s Speech at “Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” Conference on the 2018 Presidential Election (March 22)

CDA Wilson’s Speech at “Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” Conference on the 2018 Presidential Election (March 22) As delivered Tbilisi Good morning.  It is a pleasure and honor to be here and to represent the United States at this periodic conference. I want to thank all of you who are here and the other organizations …

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CDA Amb Wilson at the Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead Conference on the 2018 Presidential Election (March 22)

CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Remarks at Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead Conference on the 2018 Presidential Election   Good morning.  It is a pleasure and honor to be here and to represent the United States at this periodic conference. I want to thank all of you who are here and the other organizations that are …

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CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at the Conference “The 2018 Presidential Election: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” (M

CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at the Conference “The 2018 Presidential Election: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” (March 22) Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Ambassador Wilson:  I am very pleased and honored to be at this conference today, to take a look at the lessons learned coming out of last year’s elections and the kind …

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Ambassador Wilson’s Comment to Media at DEA “I Choose My Future” Program Presentation (March 7)

Ambassador Wilson’s Comment to Media at DEA “I Choose My Future” Program Presentation (March 7)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Ambassador Wilson: I am absolutely delighted to be paying my first visit to this university as a way to show support for Georgia and to help promote Georgia’s success and especially, to advocate with young people …

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Meeting with students participating in the “I Choose My Future” program at Tbilisi State University (March 7)

Meeting with students participating in the “I Choose My Future” program at Tbilisi State University (March 7)   On March 7, at 11:00, Charge d’Affairs, Ross Wilson will open a presentation on the prevention of drug abuse and address TSU students at a large assembly hall of the first building of Tbilisi State University. The …

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Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Comment to Media at the 6th National Hepatitis C Workshop (March 6)

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Comment to Media at the 6th National Hepatitis C Workshop (March 6)   Q-n about the progress made in the Hepatitis C elimination program CDA Ross Wilson: the United States is very proud of our cooperation here on Hepatitis C elimination program in this country. Through this program some 1.5 million citizens …

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Ambassador Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Parliament (February 21)

Ambassador Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Parliament Q-n about developments around TBC Bank  Chargé d’affaires, Ambassador Wilson: I think we and other diplomats have been following the developments with some concern, because they have some implications for Georgia as a good place to do business.  I do not want to get into the specific individuals involved; but I …

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Ambassador Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Pace Terminal OPIC Loan Approval Event (February 4)

Ambassador Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Pace Terminal OPIC Loan Approval Event (February 4) Q-n about the event Chargé d’affaires, Ambassador Wilson: The project that was inaugurated today, I think, will be extremely important in bolstering the Georgian economy, providing new access to international markets for Georgian producers and new connections through Georgia to the Caucasus and …

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CDA Ambassador Wilson’s comments to media during the USS Donald Cook visit (January 22)

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 Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22)

  Ambassador Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22) Ambassador Wilson, along with Minister of Defense Izoria, visits the USS Donald Cook in Batumi. The Ambassador underscored the importance of the visit, and of the strong friendship between the United States and Georgia.

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CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media on the sidelines of the WRAIR 125th Anniversary Celebration (December 17)

CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media on the sidelines of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research’s (WRAIR) 125th Anniversary Celebration  (December 17) Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i:  I am very pleased to be able to take part in this ceremony to commemorate the 125th the anniversary of the Walter Reed Army Medical Institute, which is an important part of America’s commitment to this country and to healthcare …

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Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA, Comment on Inauguration Ceremony (December 16)

Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA, Comment on Inauguration Ceremony (December 16)   Q-n about the inauguration, the confrontation between the opposition and law enforcement representatives, pressure on the police from the opposition, and about the developments in general Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA:  The United Stars was proud and pleased to take part in the inauguration ceremony.  We were represented by …

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Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Remarks at Interagency, Command-Staff Exercise “DIDGORI 2018” (December 10)

Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Remarks at Interagency, Command-Staff Exercise “DIDGORI 2018” (December 10) Comment to Media: Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., on the sidelines of DIDGORI 2018 Exercise Opening Ceremony:  It is a pleasure and an honor to represent the United States of America here at Didgori 2018 – a very important exercise …

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Launching Ceremony at the San Diego State University-Georgia Career Development Center (December 7)

Launching Ceremony at the San Diego State University-Georgia Career Development Center (December 7) On December 7, Chargé Wilson spoke at a ceremony launching the San Diego State University-Georgia Career Development Center.  He also announced the awarding of several new academic scholarships supported by the U.S. Embassy.  In his comments, the Chargé acknowledged the importance of …

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Ambassador Wilson’s call with Salome Zourabichvili (November 30)

Ambassador Wilson’s call with Salome Zourabichvili (November 30) “Ambassador Wilson called today on Salome Zourabichvili to congratulate her on being elected Georgia’s next president and express US interest in working with the government and her.  Separately, he met with opposition presidential candidate Grigol Vashadze.   To both, he emphasized strong US support for Georgia and for …

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Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., meets His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II of the Georgian Orthodox Church (November 30)

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

Ambassador Ross Wilson’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 …

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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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