Message for U.S. Citizens – Drop your ballots at the Embassy by noon on Friday, October 23

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Dropboxes are available at the public entrances to the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and if you choose to drop off your ballot, it must be in a dropbox by noon on Friday, October 23. Dropoff is possible starting at 8:30 am. Place your …

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U.S. Embassy donates walking aids for disabled people in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

As the United States marks Disability Awareness Month, the U.S. government remains committed to the social inclusion of people with disabilities at home and abroad. To contribute to social inclusion in Georgia, today, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through its Humanitarian Assistance Program, handed over walking aids for use by disabled people …

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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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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Urges Full Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi echoes Georgia’s concern regarding the cancellation of the October 6-7 round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) due to the decision of one participant not to attend.  The American delegation was fully prepared to attend discussions in Geneva this week, as well as the discussions scheduled for September that were …

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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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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi Event: A demonstration by the Alliance of Patriots (AOP) is expected to take place on Saturday, October 3 starting at approximately 5pm. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid areas with a large police presence, which is an indicator of large gatherings, and to exercise caution if in the …

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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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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Statement on Parliament’s Adoption of Legislation to Amend the Labor Code

The U.S. Embassy commends Parliament for adopting amendments to the Georgian Labor Code to protect workers’ rights. Holding employers to internationally recognized labor standards is essential to achieving inclusive growth, enhancing economic stability, and improving the investment climate. For the first time, Georgian workers will be guaranteed overtime pay, layoff benefits, and paternity leave. The …

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Message for U.S. Citizens-Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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U.S. Government donates new ultrasound systems to support Georgia in combating COVID-19

The United States donated new ultrasound systems to the Rukhi Republican Hospital and Kazbegi Municipality Medical Center to help them increase their capacity to treat patients with COVID-19 and treat patients in remote villages. The donated equipment is worth $50,000 and is used to manage COVID-19 related complications. The ultrasound systems will be a valuable …

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U.S. Embassy ODC Hands Over Personal Protection Equipment to the Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC)

The United States is proud to continue to work with our Georgian partners to protect the health and safety of the people of Georgia. Today, the U.S. Embassy delivered the final batch of its PPE assistance to the Central Election Commission. This donation of over $73,000 worth of latex gloves, face shield masks, and disinfectants …

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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 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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Anniversary of 9/11

  Time will not erase our memories of 9/11. 19 years later, we are still stronger together.  Today we remember and mourn all those killed or left permanently injured in the terrorist attacks on that fateful day. We honor the courage and selflessness of all the brave men and women, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and citizens who selflessly volunteered in those first moments to …

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U.S. Government donates specially equipped vehicles to Georgian Border Police

Today, A/DCM Catherine Schweitzer, Defense Attaché COL Stephanie Bagley, and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Ioseb Chelidze witnessed the Georgian Emergency Management Services receive their primary transportation and delivery systems from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In addition to the ceremony for the official transfer, A/DCM Schweitzer also saw firsthand the use of the equipment …

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USDA Helps Build National Plant Health Policy in Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), continues to support Georgia to strengthen its agricultural systems under the project “Enhancing Implementation and Efficiency of National Sanitary and Phytosanitary Capacity for Georgia through Training and Education”. A vital component of USDA’s efforts to enhance Georgia’s ability to participate in international markets includes the design and implementation of …

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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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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 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 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. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)

U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)   Wildfires have become an increasingly pressing issue for Georgia, posing a threat to the property and lives of Georgian citizens. To help the local government combat wildfires, the U.S. Government has donated a $232,170 firetruck, equipped with four-wheel drive and …

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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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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities (July 14)

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi statement on Parliament’s adoption of legislation on the rights of persons with disabilities (July 14)   The U.S. Embassy congratulates Parliament on adopting Georgia’s Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This law establishes fundamental principles to guide the government’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons …

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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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U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Shooting/Detention along South Ossetia Administrative Boundary Line (July 12)   U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is alarmed and deeply troubled by reports that Russian-led security forces shot, wounded, and detained a Georgian citizen on July 11 near the village of Kvemo Chala, along the administrative boundary line of Russian-occupied South Ossetia. We condemn …

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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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Statement on the Passage of OSCE/ODIHR-Based Election Reforms (July 2)

Statement on the Passage of OSCE/ODIHR-Based Election Reforms (July 2) We congratulate Parliament on the passage of the electoral reform package based on OSCE/ODIHR recommendations. For over a year, political parties, civil society, and government agencies have worked constructively on drafting legislation designed to further strengthen Georgia’s electoral process. The U.S. Embassy was pleased to …

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Joint statement by the facilitators to the political dialogue on the passage of amendments to the electoral system (June 29)

Joint statement by the facilitators to the political dialogue on the passage of amendments to the electoral system (June 29)   We warmly congratulate the Parliament of Georgia on today’s adoption of Constitutional amendments designed to increase parliamentary pluralism and allow for a more representative legislature. We recognize that these amendments reflect difficult compromises by …

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DTRA donates equipment to State Security Service of Georgia (June 24)

DTRA donates equipment to State Security Service of Georgia (June 24) U.S. Government continues to support the State Security Service of Georgia responsible for keeping the country safe from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). This week our Defense Threat Reduction Agency donated highly technical equipment to help Georgia with WMD detection and identification, as well …

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U.S. Embassy Statement Regarding Electoral Reform (June 21)

U.S. Embassy Statement Regarding Electoral Reform (June 21) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi congratulates the Members of Parliament who today approved the first reading of Constitutional amendments related to Georgia’s electoral system. It is an important first step towards greater parliamentary pluralism. We hope the amendments will be adopted with broad support, and encourage all sides to …

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U.S. Embassy statement on the anniversary of June 20 events (June 20)

U.S. Embassy statement on the anniversary of June 20 events (June 20) June 20 marks one year since thousands marched on Rustaveli Avenue to protest Russia’s continued occupation of Georgian territory. As we mark this day, on which hundreds were injured, we stand with the Georgian people and their calls to end Russian aggression and …

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USDA strengthens Georgia’s Food Safety System during COVID-19 pandemic (June 19)

USDA strengthens Georgia’s Food Safety System during COVID-19 pandemic (June 19)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Caucasus Agricultural Development Initiative, funded by the U.S Department of State, is assisting Georgia’s efforts to improve its food safety systems using distance coaching modules led by international food safety laboratory specialist Dr. Janie Dubois. Incorporating a risk-based food …

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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 Statement on the death of George Floyd and protests in the United States (June 6)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the death of George Floyd and protests in the United States (June 6)   U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, along with the rest of the world, is following the deeply disturbing news concerning the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minnesota on May 25.  Mr. Floyd’s death, the peaceful protests, and …

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Statement on continued ‘borderization’ activities along ABL, as well as disinformation campaign against Lugar Center

U.S. Embassy statement on continued ‘borderization’ activities along the ABL, as well as the disinformation campaign against the Lugar Center (May 27) As the world honors the anniversary of Georgian independence and celebrates Georgia’s success in combating COVID-19, the United States protests ongoing, provocative “borderization” by Russian-led security forces along the administrative boundary lines of …

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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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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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Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 15)

Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 15)   We welcome today’s decision by the President of Georgia to use her constitutional powers in the interest of political de-polarisation and creating a political environment more conducive to a free, fair and transparent electoral process. We, as facilitators of the political dialogue, consider …

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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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Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 11)

Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 11) The March 8 agreement was a historic achievement by the political forces of Georgia, intended to depolarize Georgia’s political system and create a better environment for the October parliamentary elections following the failure of promised constitutional amendments to move to fully proportional parliamentary elections …

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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Donates 7,500 Locally-Made Disposable Medical Gowns to Ministry of IDPs (April 30)

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Donates 7,500 Locally-Made Disposable Medical Gowns to Ministry of IDPs (April 30) Today the US Embassy, with assistance from the Georgian Defense Forces, handed over 7500 locally-made disposable medical gowns to the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia. The US support to the Georgian government is a …

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The U.S. Government’s ACCESS program provides English classes to underserved students across Georgia (April 23)

The U.S. Government’s ACCESS program provides English classes to underserved students across Georgia (April 23) On English Language Day we would like to highlight the incredible work that English ACCESS Micro-scholarship program does in Georgia. The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi has been strengthening English Language learning in Georgia through a number of programs, including the …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Borderization Efforts on Good Friday (April 17)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Borderization Efforts on Good Friday (April 17) The United States is deeply troubled by reports that Russian-led security actors have resumed aggressive “borderization” activities along the administrative boundary line of the Russian-occupied Georgian territory of South Ossetia, near the village of Takhtisdziri. We condemn any actions by the de facto authorities …

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U.S. Embassy statement on Irakli Okruashvili (April 14)

U.S. Embassy statement on Irakli Okruashvili (April 14) The timing and circumstances of Irakli Okruashvili’s arrest raised concerns about political interference and the selective use of justice. The case casts a shadow over the impartial application of justice – a concern the March 8 Joint Statement was intended to dispel. We urge all signatories to …

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Statement of the Political Dialogue Facilitators on Agreement (March 8)

Statement of the Political Dialogue Facilitators on Agreement (March 8)   We congratulate the participants of the political dialogue on today’s successful agreement, which represents a crucial step towards depolarization and normalization of the political environment in Georgia in the run-up to the parliamentary elections later this year. Today’s agreement foresees an election system for …

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U.S. Embassy and Batumi American Corner celebrate grand opening of Khulo Youth Platform (March 7)

U.S. Embassy and Batumi American Corner celebrate grand opening of Khulo Youth Platform  U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Catherine Schweitzer joined the community of Khulo to celebrate the grand opening of the Khulo Youth Platform, a project initiated by five young people through the framework of Batumi American Corner’s Community Ambassadors Project. The Khulo team …

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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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The U.S. Embassy’s Donates Personal Care Bags to the Domestic Violence Intake Center (March 4)

The U.S. Embassy’s Donates Personal Care Bags to the Domestic Violence Intake Center (March 4)   Employees of the U.S. Embassy donated 19 “Personal Care” bags to the Tbilisi Domestic Violence Intake Center as care packages for women seeking safety and a new beginning after experiencing domestic violence.  The bags contained personal care items necessary …

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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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U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26)

U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26) Today the USAID Economic Security Program signed a memorandum of understanding with United Airports of Georgia to support the expansion of Kutaisi International Airport. With workforce training and marketing support, the United States will help the airport drive economic growth in Imereti and across Georgia. …

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U.S. Embassy Earth Day campaign teams up with NGO and private sector (February 24)

U.S. Embassy Earth Day campaign teams up with NGO and private sector (February 24) The U.S. Embassy’s Earth Day campaign continues.  This month our partner CENN/USAID Waste Management Program organized an eco-tour for Tbilisi American Corner students to learn about how to carry out environmentally friendly practices in a workplace setting. The program raised awareness about environmental issues among young …

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President’s Day 2020

Presidents memorialized By  Mark Trainer Americans honor their presidents in many ways, but few presidential monuments are as big as Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota (see above). The monument depicts four presidents for their roles in the country’s history: (from left) George Washington for the country’s birth, Thomas Jefferson for helping the young …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Political Dialogue and Conviction of Opposition Leader (February 11)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Political Dialogue and Conviction of Opposition Leader (February 11) The U.S. Embassy supports the political dialogue between Georgia’s governing party and opposition representatives aimed at reaching an agreement on an election system that best serves the Georgian people.  The U.S. Embassy is disappointed that the timing and context of the conviction …

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U.S. Government donates high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (February 10)

U.S. Government donates high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (February 10) The U.S. Government, through the U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), donated six new Toyota Land Cruiser high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of the Ministry of Interior of Georgia.  The donation is part of the U.S. Department …

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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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The Radio Donation to the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service (February 5)

The Radio Donation to the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service (February 5) The United States Embassy donated handheld and vehicle radios to the Investigative Department of the State Inspector’s Service of Georgia. This new department within the State Inspector’s Service recently assumed the central role of investigating violent crimes committed by law enforcement …

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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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The U.S. Embassy Statement on the release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (December 28)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on the release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (December 28) We welcome the news that Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili has been released by the de facto authorities in South Ossetia. We join all Georgians and the international community in welcoming him home to spend the holidays with his family. We again call on …

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Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)

Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)   Following recent meetings in Washington between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and the Georgian Dream delegation led by Deputy Speaker Kakha Kuchava, the U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Democratic Developments in Georgia The United States supports a secure, prosperous, and democratic Georgia.  …

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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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Author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West”‘s present to the embassy (December 16)

  Author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West’s present to the embassy (December 16) Today CDA Elizabeth Rood hosted Irakli Makharadze, author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West” at the U.S. Embassy. Mr. Makharadze has been researching the story of Georgian riders in the 1890s-1920s who participated in the famous Buffalo …

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U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)

U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)   Over recent months the U.S. Embassy has closely watched the process of selection of Georgia’s Supreme Court justices for lifetime appointments. In May we expressed disappointment at Parliament’s adoption of selection procedures that failed to incorporate many of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, OSCE/ODIHR, …

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Colonel Bagley speaks at the Women in the Military Field event (December 9)

Colonel Bagley speaks at the Women in the Military Field event (December 9) U.S. Defense Attaché to Georgia, Colonel Stephanie Bagley, was invited to share her experience at the Women in the Military Field Speakers event. During her speech, COL Bagley, who is the first female U.S. Defensé Attache to Georgia, spoke about challenges and opportunities for women in the military. She underlined …

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CDA Rood meets Civil Society in Kutaisi (December 5)

CDA Rood meets Civil Society in Kutaisi (December 5) Today, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood met with civil society activists in Kutaisi to discuss the role of local civil society organizations in representing local citizens and strengthening Georgia’s democracy. The CDA emphasized the U.S. Government’s support for civil society and encouraged the activists to continue to …

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The US Embassy Statement on Detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (November 16)

The US Embassy Statement on Detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (November 16) The U.S. Embassy calls for the immediate release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili, a well-known Georgian physician and president of the Association of Orthopedists and Traumatologists of Georgia, who was sentenced by the de facto authorities in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on November 15 …

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U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14)

U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14) As we stated previously, the U.S. Embassy welcomed the Georgian Dream party’s stated intention to transition to fully proportional parliamentary elections in 2020 and considered this an important step in advancing Georgia’s democratic development and strengthening trust among political parties. We are disappointed, therefore, …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the announcement of  the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for Jvari Monastery (November 12)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the announcement of  the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to fund a project on the conservation of damaged stones on the facades of the Major Church at Jvari Monastery (November 12)   q-n about the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) on the Jvari Monastery damage study    …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

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The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks (September 11)

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DTRA Contributes Equipment to National Food Agency to Support Animal Health Protection in Georgia (September 10)

DTRA Contributes Equipment to National Food Agency to Support Animal Health Protection in Georgia (September 10) Within the framework of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Program, refrigerators for storing veterinary medicine have been installed in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Guria regional departments of the National Food Agency (NFA). With the purpose of protecting animal …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker visits the Administrative Boundary Line near the village Odzisi (September 8)

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Family Picnic Celebrating Independence Day Jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce (July 6)

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

  Date/Location: Saturday, June 22: A parade and/or public event in downtown Tbilisi, exact location still to be confirmed. Event: Members and supporters of the LGBTQI community plan to hold a parade and/or public event to mark Pride Week on Saturday, June 22. We anticipate the event could draw sizable crowds. This is the first …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Supreme Court Legislation (May 1)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Supreme Court Legislation (May 1) The United States has consistently supported Georgia in its process of judicial reforms.  While the legislation adopted by Parliament today provides for transparency and criteria for Supreme Court nominations, we are disappointed it does not fully reflect recommendations from the Venice Commission, OSCE/ODIHR, and the U.S., …

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U.S. Embassy statement regarding developments at Adjara Public Broadcaster (April 18)

U.S. Embassy statement regarding developments at Adjara Public Broadcaster (April 18) As strong supporters of a free and independent media, the U.S. Embassy welcomed recent assessments by both ODIHR and EU-UNDP that Ajara Public Broadcaster is an impartial media source.  We are following the developments around the broadcaster and its general director, Natia Kapanadze.  We …

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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Fifth Annual Women’s Conference (March 27)

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Fifth Annual Women’s Conference (March 27) Q-n about the event Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Rood:  The United States is very happy to attend and support the Fifth Annual Awards for Women who are making extraordinary achievements in leadership, in government, entrepreneurship, business, and the economy.  It is very important that the …

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U.S. Embassy Vendor Fair 2019

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U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17)

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

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US European Command’s Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid Project Development Workshop (December 3-7)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on passing of former President George H.W. Bush (December 1)

U.S. Embassy Statement on passing of former President George H.W. Bush (December 1)   Embassy Tbilisi regrets to announce ‎the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, at the age of 94. President Bush had a distinguished career of public service, beginning as a pilot in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and continuing as a …

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The United States congratulates Salome Zourabichvili on her election as President of Georgia (November 30)

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Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media in Kutaisi after the Launch of the USAID Agriculture Program (November 19)

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Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) speed unit measurement devices donation to the Georgian Police (November 15)

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U.S. Embassy in Georgia Statement (November 9)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on 2018 Presidential elections (October 30)

U.S. Embassy Statement on 2018 Presidential elections (October 30) The U.S. Embassy takes note of the preliminary conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission that the October 28 presidential elections were competitive and professionally administered, offering voters a genuine choice.  We share international and domestic observer organizations’ concerns about shortcomings in the election process, such …

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A New Academic Year in newly reconstructed schools in Adjara Region (September 17)

A New Academic Year in newly reconstructed schools in Adjara Region (September 17) On September 17, A/DCM Jeffrey Reneau participated in the inaugural ceremony marking the reconstruction of the public school in Dzentsmani, Adjara Autonomous Republic. US EUCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program provided funding for a complete renovation of Dzentmani and partial renovation of Zeda-Kvirike public schools …

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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell’s opening remarks at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 12)

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Inclusive Hip-Hop Dance Group Promotes Disability Rights (June 18)

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Statement of the U.S. Embassy on Judicial Reform (May 18)

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Message of Condolence from the U.S. Embassy (May 8)

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ParaShoot – Short Film Marathon throughout the Georgia (May 7)

ParaShoot – Short Film Marathon throughout the Georgia (May 7)   The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is proud to partner with the NGO Democracy Lab to launch ParaShoot, a short film challenge open to professional and first-time filmmakers throughout Georgia who want to use film to improve their country. The goal of the marathon is to …

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

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Death of Georgian Citizen Archil Tatunashvili in South Ossetia (February 26)

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USDA Strengthens Private Veterinary Sector capacity in Georgia (February 26)

USDA Strengthens Private Veterinary Sector capacity in Georgia (February 26) During the February 26 – March 1 USDA has conducted an intensive “Organizational and Business Development Training Course” for West Georgia VRA members in Kutaisi, Imereti region. The objectives of the intensive coursed were to strengthen organizational and business plan development skills focusing on management …

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NASA Astronaut Heide Piper Promotes Female Empowerment (November 29)

NASA Astronaut Heide Piper Promotes Female Empowerment and Careers in Science as Part of the U.S. Embassy’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (November 29)   Heide Piper, NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain from Minnesota, will visit Georgia December 2-8 as the second speaker in the U.S. Embassy’s 16 Days of Activism …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USDA continues to support Georgia for improving animal health throughout the country (November 14)

USDA continues to support Georgia for improving animal health throughout the country (November 14)   Eighteen members of Georgia’s National Animal Health Program (NAHP) Steering Group met today to mark the capstone of another successful year for improving animal health throughout the country. This thematic co-ordination group of animal and human health experts represented by …

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

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

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 promotes Job Creation throughout Georgia (November 9)

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 promotes Job Creation throughout Georgia (November 9) The U.S. Embassy and partner organizations will promote innovation and entrepreneurship November 12-18 within the framework of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017.  This year’s theme, Women First, Prosperity for All, highlights the importance of women-led businesses and female-friendly working environments.  The U.S. Embassy will launch …

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DCM Elisabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at NDC Training Graduation (November 8)

DCM Elisabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at NDC Training Graduation (November 7) Q-n about the event DCM Elizabeth Rood:  In the United States we have a saying ‘Dog is man’s best friend’, but these dogs are really, seriously, helping Georgia’s borders. These dogs and their handlers had practice and training in the U.S. and soon they will start working in Georgia, in the Batumi, …

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DCM Elisabeth Rood Marks Completion of Mine Clearance Project in West Georgia (November 1)

DCM Elisabeth Rood Marks Completion of Mine Clearance Project in West Georgia (November 1) Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood and Japanese Ambassador Tadaharu Uehara unveiled a plaque in Chognari, West Georgia, to commemorate the completion of a mine clearing project implemented by HALO Trust.  The project, co-funded by the United States and Japan, removed mines and unexploded ordnance from more …

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

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Constitutional Amendments (October 13)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Constitutional Amendments (October 13) The Embassy believes that constitutional changes create the strongest basis for lasting reform when they enjoy broad-based consensus across parties and society. The Embassy places strong weight on the opinion of the Venice Commission, and supports its recommendations. We are disappointed that the sides involved could …

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Marvel Comics’ author and illustrator David Mack visits Georgia (October 3)

Marvel Comics’ author and illustrator David Mack visits Georgia (October 3) The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the visit of Marvel Comics’ author and illustrator David Mack, best known for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Fight Club 2 and American Gods.  David Mack is also the creator of his own best-selling series of graphic novels, Kabuki.  …

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

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

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The Voyager Mission 40th anniversary (September 19)

The Voyager Mission 40th anniversary (September 19)   The U.S. Embassy is proud to take part in the Voyager Mission 40th anniversary events. Over the course of 4 days, former and current NASA engineers will share their experiences and look at the future of space exploration. NASA engineers will meet with tech-related startups and small …

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

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

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Public Affairs Officer Courtney Austrian’s Remarks to Media at Gelati Onsight Session (March 30)

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Statement: United States Condemns Planned Illegitimate Referendum in South Ossetia (February 14)

Statement: United States Condemns Planned Illegitimate Referendum in South Ossetia (February 14) The U.S. Embassy condemns the decision to conduct an illegitimate “referendum” in Georgia’s South Ossetia region, planned for April 9.  Such provocative actions erode trust and confidence and undermine the Geneva International Discussions.  The United States will not recognize the results of an illegitimate referendum that is conducted in Georgian territory without …

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Ambassador Meets with Sports Visitor Program Participants

Ambassador Meets with Sports Visitor Program Participants Georgia is going to the NBA All-Stars!  Ambassador Kelly met with eight girls from across Georgia who are departing for America to attend a one-week basketball camp.  At the end of this U.S. State Department-sponsored exchange program, the girls, who represent ethnic Georgians, Armenians, Azeris, Kist, and IDP …

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7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference (January 27)

7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference (January 27) The U.S. Embassy was proud to help organize the recent 7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference, this year titled “Breaking boundaries with Technology and Innovation in the Classroom.”  Hosted by the International Black Sea University, this conference brought together over 180 English Language …

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7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference

7th South Caucasus Regional English Language Teaching Conference U.S. Embassies in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine 7th SOUTH CAUCASUS REGIONAL ELT CONFERENCE “Breaking boundries with technology and innovation in the Classroom” January 27-28, 2017 Tbilisi, Georgia DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM CALL FOR PARTICIPATION U.S. Embassy Georgia is pleased to announce the 7th South Caucasus Regional English Language …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media made at the Georgian Public Broadcaster during the launch of the Embassy-sponsored grant program to improve a

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Explosion in Tbilisi (October 5)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Explosion in Tbilisi (October 5) The U.S. Embassy condemns acts of violence meant to harm Georgian citizens and the democratic process in Georgia.  Together with the international community, we have called on all parties to refrain from violence and respect the rule of law.  Political violence has no place in a …

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Embassy Donates Equipment to Police Academy (September 16)

Embassy Donates Equipment to Police Academy (September 16) On September 16, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Director Michael McMahon met with Givi Mikanadze, the newly appointed Rector of the Academy of Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.  During the course of the meeting,  INL handed over to the Academy a donated …

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