U.S. Embassy’s election monitoring teams joined local and international observers to monitor voting in communities across Georgia

Today the U.S. Embassy’s election monitoring teams are joining local and international observers to monitor voting in communities across Georgia. Ambassador Degnan observed precincts in Marneuli and Mtskheta. Other U.S. diplomats are in cities across western, central, and eastern Georgia. “So far today we have met many motivated Georgian voters and dedicated poll workers who …

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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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U.S. Embassy Election Support Factsheet

Georgians fought for their freedom, just like Americans did. This shared love of freedom and democracy is at the heart of our strategic partnership with Georgia.  The freedom to choose your leaders through fair elections is fundamental to a true democracy. So what has the United States done to help Georgia conduct free and fair …

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Scientists who identified hepatitis C among U.S. Nobel winners

U.S. researchers’ contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus paved the way for new testing and treatments that have saved millions of lives worldwide. On October 5, two Americans received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their efforts fighting the disease. Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice’s efforts …

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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3)

Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3) Anyone can be a target of disinformation, so all of us must build our media literacy and critical thinking skills. USAID is partnering with the government, civil society, and media to build Georgia’s resilience against disinformation. Accurate information is necessary for democracy to function. …

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The U.S. Embassy begins Earth Day campaign through American Corners activities (January 30)

The U.S. Embassy begins Earth Day campaign through American Corners activities (January 30) In January, the American Corners began a campaign covering several months leading up to Earth Day, with programs teaching youth on the causes and prevention of wildfires, as well as possible solutions. Along with local partners and representatives of CENN and USDA’s …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 7, 2019) Location: Cinema locations in Tbilisi and Batumi, November 8-10 at various showtimes between 7:00pm and 11:00pm. Event: Potential Protest Activity at Movie Screenings Various groups are calling for protests against the screening of the movie “And Then We Danced” in Georgia November 8 – 10.  …

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The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22) On October 22, USS Porter (DDG 78) entered Batumi harbor. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia to promote regional peace and stability. Commander C.M. Trent was greeted by Georgian Officials at the harbor and offered a traditional glass of Georgian …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22)

CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22) Today, on September 22, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participated in World Clean Up Day 2019 Event, which took place at Krtsanisi Park, Tbilisi. Together with the volunteers, USAID representatives, staff members and officials of Wildlife Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture …

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Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at Peace Corps G-19 Swearing-In Ceremony (July 5)

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at Peace Corps G-19 Swearing-In Ceremony (July 5)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  I am very pleased that these 41 new volunteers of the Peace Corps will start their duty all around Georgia.  Since 2001, more than 900 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Georgia.  The …

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U.S. Embassy Vendor Fair 2019

U.S. Embassy Vendor Fair 2019 The U.S. Embassy Procurement Section is planning a Vendor Fair. The goal of this event is to provide awareness of how the embassy conducts business with local vendors. During the Vendor Fair, we will introduce U.S. Embassy solicitation procedures, contracting modalities and payment terms, and serve as an opportunity for local vendors to …

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Under Secretary Thompson’s interview with Tabula’s Tamara Chergoleishvili (September 11)

Under Secretary Thompson’s interview with Tabula’s Tamara Chergoleishvili (September 11)   Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson’s interview with Tabula’s Tamara Chergoleishvili on top of her remarks at the 4th Tbilisi International Conference  – “World in 2018: Upside Down?” CHERGOLEISHVILI: Are there any plans to restart talks about arms control with …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia (August 7)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia (August 7)   Ten years ago today, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia.  The conflict resulted in hundreds of casualties, displaced thousands of civilians from their homes, and marked the start of a devastating occupation of 20 percent of Georgia’s territory.  …

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

Inclusive Hip-Hop Dance Group Promotes Disability Rights (June 18)   TBILISI, June 18, 2018—The U.S. Embassy has brought the multi-national hip-hop dance group Ill-Abilities to Georgia June 18-23 as part of a one-week campaign called “Tolerance and Inclusion Week.” Ill-Abilities will perform with Georgian dancers from the Georgian National Wheelchair Dancesport Federation. All events are …

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 11th Battalion Deployment Ceremony (April 24)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 11th Battalion Deployment Ceremony (April 24) Q-n about the event CDA Rood: It is a great honor for me today to attend this ceremony in which we send off to Afghanistan the brave Georgian soldiers of the 11th Battalion along with the American sailors and Marines of …

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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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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 CIU Carnegie Conference (November 21)

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

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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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Concert of the Music of John Williams in Celebration of 25 of U.S. diplomatic relations with the Republic of Georgia (April 13)

Concert of the Music of John Williams in Celebration of 25 of U.S. diplomatic relations with the Republic of Georgia (April 13) On Saturday, April 29, the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is proud to present a concert of the music of John Williams in celebration of 25 years of U.S. diplomatic relations with the Republic of …

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First Session of Green Border Officer Training Program Successfully Concludes (April 7)

First Session of Green Border Officer Training Program Successfully Concludes (April 7) April 7 marked the conclusion of the first session of a new Green Border Officer Training Program, a joint collaboration between the Georgian Border Police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) Academy, and the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program. The training …

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CODEL McCain’s statement and press engagement at Krtsanisi National Training Center (January 2)

CODEL McCain’s statement and press engagement at Krtsanisi National Training Center (January 2) Sen. McCain: Senator Graham, Senator Klobuchar, and I, a bipartisan delegation, are here to express our support and appreciation for the Georgian military and people who have joined us in Afghanistan, who are serving with us, training with us, and defending the …

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The Senators’ comments made following the meeting with President Margvelashvili (January 2)

The Senators’ comments made following the meeting with President Margvelashvili (January 2) Senator McCain:  We discussed our continued cooperation and joint efforts ranging from support for a free trade agreement, to our military cooperation and operations, to our appreciation for the brave citizens of this country who are defending freedom in Afghanistan.  And, we have …

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Young Entrepreneur’s School (December 29)

In the framework of Global Entrepreneurship Week the U.S. Embassy in partnership with Microfinance Organization Crystal held the first commencement ceremony for the Young Entrepreneurs’ School. Young entrepreneurs presented their business ideas to Georgian and American stakeholders who commanded presenters on their significant potential and achievements.

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Millennium Innovation Award Kick-Off Celebrates Student Excellence in STEM (September 21)

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

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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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Statement by U.S. European Command on assistance to search and rescue efforts in Georgia

Statement by U.S. European Command on assistance to search and rescue efforts in Georgia At the request of the Government of Georgia U.S. forces assigned to Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUC) are assisting in the search and rescue efforts of two Georgia soldiers who went missing in the Black Sea off the coast of Georgia …

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Ambassador speaks at British Medical Journal Training Initiative Launch

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

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