The United States Condemns Russian Cyber Attack Against the Country of Georgia (February 20)

The United States Condemns Russian Cyber Attack Against the Country of Georgia (February 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On October 28, 2019, the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Center for Special Technologies (GTsST, also known as Unit 74455 and Sandworm) carried out a widespread disruptive cyber attack against the country of Georgia.  The incident, which directly affected …

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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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Public-Private Cooperation To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 15)

Public-Private Cooperation To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 15) PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Last week, thanks to a joint effort of federal and local authorities and private organizations and companies, 17.8 tons of personal protection equipment and medical supplies were delivered, and more than 800 people were evacuated from Wuhan, China, amidst the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. A …

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USAID/Georgia Mission Director Wiebler speaks at Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee (February 14)

USAID/Georgia Mission Director Wiebler speaks at Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee (February 14)   Today USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler spoke at the Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee’s presentation of its 2019 annual report and underlined the U.S. Government’s support for the implementation of important reforms strengthening the rule of law in Georgia.  The event highlighted several areas where the …

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On the One-Year Anniversary of the Launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative (February 12)

On the One-Year Anniversary of the Launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative (February 12) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AMBASSADOR CURRIE:  Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the United States Department of State.  My name is Kelley Currie.  I am the ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues here at the department.  We are honored and delighted to …

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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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Iran’s Failed Space Launch (February 11)

Iran’s Failed Space Launch (February 11)   The Iranian regime uses satellite launches to develop its ballistic missile capabilities.  The technologies used to launch satellites into orbit are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in longer range systems, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.  Each launch, whether failed or not, further allows Iran to gain experience …

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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 United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 7)

The United States Announces Assistance To Combat the Novel Coronavirus (February 7)   This week the State Department has facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials.  These donations are a testament to the generosity of the American people. …

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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 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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On President Trump’s State of the Union Address (February 4)

On President Trump’s State of the Union Address (February 4) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE President Trump continues to lead an American foreign policy that bolsters our security and prosperity, strengthens our alliances and partnerships, and protects our precious freedoms. In just the past year, the United States has removed the head …

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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 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. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)

U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)   Today, USAID/Georgia signed an important agreement with the Israeli Agency for International Development and Cooperation. Under this agreement, both the United States and Israel agreed to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development. Specifically, both countries will cooperate to better …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to Ukraine (January 30)

Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to Ukraine (January 30)   “Ukrainians continue to fight this battle as they work to build a modern, democratic, Western state. They know that a free and well-governed nation is a hard-won victory, but its worth it. The United States supports those efforts and honors the achievements that you have made thus …

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Annual Partnership Development Forum (January 29)

Annual Partnership Development Forum (January 29) The Development Partner Coordination Group is a formally recognized body comprised of all major bilateral and multilateral development partners operating in Georgia, including International Financial Institutions. The Development Partner Coordination Group views the Forum as a useful platform to jointly reflect on progress seen in areas fostered by external …

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White House unveils most detailed Middle East peace plan ever proposed (January 29)

White House unveils most detailed Middle East peace plan ever proposed (January 29)   President Trump released on January 28 the administration’s  vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinians . Speaking in the East Room of the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president described his plan to resolve the decades of conflict between Israeli and Palestinian people as …

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This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)

This Week in Iran Policy (January 25)   “…our mission set is twofold: to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and then to make sure that that country, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, can’t inflict harm on Americans. So we do everything we can each day to reduce that risk, all the …

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The United States Imposes Further Sanctions on Iran’s Petrochemical Industry (January 23)

The United States Imposes Further Sanctions on Iran’s Petrochemical Industry (January 23)   Today, the United States is taking new steps as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign to deny the Iranian regime all sources of revenue to fund its destabilizing activities.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions on Chinese company Shandong Qiwangda …

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Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 20)

Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 20) On the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As political organizer, …

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Securing Greater Religious Freedom Around the World (January 17)

Securing Greater Religious Freedom Around the World (January 17)   234 years ago, Thomas Jefferson penned these words: “…no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his …

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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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The Inaugural Ceremony of a newly renovated Public School in Kveshi (January 15)

The Inaugural Ceremony of a newly renovated Public School in Kveshi (January 15) Today, January 15th, CDA Elizabeth Rood helped open the newly renovated public school in Kveshi, in the Shida Kartli region. The school is just one kilometer from the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) and serves 200 children. The U.S. military’s humanitarian assistance program …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood visits distinguished Georgian artist Muraz Murvanidze (January 13)

CDA Elizabeth Rood visits distinguished Georgian artist Muraz Murvanidze (January 13) CDA Elizabeth Rood visited acclaimed Georgian artist and stage designer Muraz Murvanidze at his home in old Tbilisi. Mr. Murvanidze shared with her some of the highlights from his extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and mementos from his celebrated work worldwide. Mr. Murvanidze has …

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U.S. sanctions target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)

U.S. Sanctions Target Iranian regime’s ‘brute squad’ (January 10)   The Trump administration will impose sanctions as long as Iran’s outlaw ways continue, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said January 10 as he outlined new sanctions targeting the Iranian regime’s “brute squad” of top security officials. The new sanctions hit the regime’s senior Iranian …

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Remarks by President Trump on Iran (January 8)

Remarks by President Trump on Iran (January 8)   THE PRESIDENT:  As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning.  I’m pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack …

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Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)

Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)   Casualties: The President noted in his remarks that there were no casualties; governments of Iraq, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Spain also reported no casualties among their soldiers in Iraq. Iraqi Protests Against Iran: Iraqi protesters in Nasiriyah reportedly refused to allow supporters …

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Congratulations and best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II (January 4)

Congratulations and best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II (January 4) On behalf of the United States of America, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood extends her warmest congratulations to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II on the occasion of his birthday and best wishes for health and happiness in the coming year, as well as peace and prosperity for the …

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Remarks by President Trump on the Killing of Qasem Soleimani (January 3)

Remarks by President Trump on the Killing of Qasem Soleimani (January 3)   THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Well, thank you very much.  And good afternoon. As President, my highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens. Last night, at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments following the Fourth Round of the Meeting between the Ruling Party and the Opposition (December 20)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments following the Fourth Round of the Meeting between the Ruling Party and the Opposition (December 20)   Question about the results CDA Elizabeth Rood: I would say that this fourth round of dialogue again demonstrated the value of this format for the ruling party and the opposition representatives to come together …

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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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Human Rights and the Iranian Regime (December 19)

Human Rights and the Iranian Regime (December 19)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Good morning.  Thank you, all.  Thank you.  Good morning, everyone.  How are you all doing today?  Everybody good? It’s an important day here at the State Department, and I appreciate you all joining us.  Bob, thanks for the kind introduction, and I’m delighted …

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The U.S. stands with the Iranian people (December 19)

The U.S. stands with the Iranian people (December 19)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo vowed to continue U.S. support for the Iranian people as they struggle against a repressive regime that violates human rights. Pompeo told a December 19 U.S. Department of State forum that recent protests in Iran show that the …

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CAO Julius Tsai speaks to Georgian arts and crafts entrepreneurs (December 18)

CAO Julius Tsai speaks to Georgian arts and crafts entrepreneurs (December 18) On December 18, CAO Julius Tsai visited an exhibition put on by the Georgian Arts and Culture Center, under the auspices of the PAS grant “Stimulating Startups in Heritage Crafts and Design.” The year-long capacity-building initiative aims to strengthen the arts and craft …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments on the Sidelines of Ambassadorial 2019 (December 17)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Comments on the Sidelines of Ambassadorial 2019 (December 17)   Q-n about the letter signed by Congressmen Kinzinger and Connolly  CDA Rood: We have seen the letter from Representatives Kinzinger and Connolly, but, as this letter expresses the views of members of Congress, I would refer you to the Congressmen’s office …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media after the Third Round of Talks between the Ruling Party and Opposition (December 15)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media after the Third Round of Talks between the Ruling Party and Opposition (December 15)   Q-n about the CDA’s impression of the talks as “the opposition claimed they were more constructive than the ruling party did.” CDA Rood: The third round of dialogue again took place in a constructive …

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This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)   “As long as [Iran’s] malign behavior continues, so will our campaign of maximum pressure… these sanctions are aimed not at China, not at the Iranian people, but at the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran that is engaged in activity that poses threats around the world…We will …

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Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12)

Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12) Today, on December 12th, USAID, along with the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) launched the DRIVE Democracy Activity, a three year one million dollar project designed to help empower Georgian Citizens to …

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press statement by the U.S. Delegation (December 12)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press statement by the U.S. Delegation (December 12)   During the December 10-11 fiftieth round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, the U.S. delegation expressed frustration that participants have been unable to make progress on core issues and …

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The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)

The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)   Today CDA Elizabeth Rood opened the 5th Annual Interagency Council on CBRN threats and highlighted the United States and Georgia’s shared commitment to, and investment in, global security. The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), committed equipment and training to Georgia …

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Major General Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program between Georgia and the state of Georgia (December 10)

Major General Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program between Georgia and the state of Georgia (December 10) Today Major General Thomas Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program to commemorate the enduring relationship between the country of Georgia and the U.S. state of Georgia. The State Partnership Program …

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International Anticorruption Day (December 9)

International Anticorruption Day (December 9)   Today, on International Anticorruption Day, we reaffirm our commitment to prevent and combat corruption globally.  Corruption obstructs economic growth and development, facilitates transnational crime, and fuels terrorism, robbing citizens around the world of their basic rights.  Corruption enables and sustains autocratic leaders, weakens faith in democratic systems, creates opportunities …

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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 Elizabeth Rood’s media comment before the start of the meeting between the ruling party and the opposition (December 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment before the start of the meeting between the ruling party and the opposition (December 8) CDA Rood: Last week, the ruling party and opposition met to begin a dialogue aimed at restoring trust and identifying the best way forward to make Georgia 2020 Parliamentary elections a real step forward in …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment made following the meeting between the ruling party and opposition (December 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment made following the meeting between the ruling party and opposition (December 8)   Q-n about the outcome of the dialogue CDA Rood:  We had a second round of dialogue in a constructive atmosphere, and we agreed that we would meet again to continue the discussion.  With the encouragement of the …

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Statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)

Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)   “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia has made tremendous strides forward developing democracy and the rule of law—values at the core of …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood attends opening Ceremony at MCC-rehabilitated Kutaisi # 17 School (December 5)

CDA Elizabeth Rood attends opening Ceremony at MCC-rehabilitated Kutaisi # 17 School (December 5) On December 5, 2019, Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood attended the opening of #17 Public School in Kutaisi, celebrating its Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded renovation. Kutaisi School # 17, which enrolls more than 1,400 students, was renovated in July of 2019 in the …

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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 U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5)

The U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5) The U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) joined the 16-day campaign against gender-based violence by providing a weeklong training to the Georgian police titled “Domestic Violence Practical Intervention.” The classes were taught by U.S. police …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comment to Media at Biltmore Hotel (November 30)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comment to Media at Biltmore Hotel (November 30)   Q-n about the significance of the consensus between the ruling party and the opposition, and If this can be achieved CDA Rood; As you recall, the United States, along with the European Union Delegation, expressed a strong hope and called for a dialogue …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood visiting Kharagauli (November 26)

CDA Elizabeth Rood visiting Kharagauli (November 26) November 26, Chargé d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood traveled to Kharagauli, where she visited several historic monuments, including the “Devi Cave,” the site of the oldest prehistoric human remains in the territory of Georgia. CDA Rood also visited a museum exhibition in Kharagauli, where she viewed the work of artist Badri Philishvili, a self-taught painter and musician from …

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)

Secretary Pompeo on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)   In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the rights of …

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Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili Visit to the United States (November 25)

Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili Visit to the United States (November 25) November 25, 2019.  Georgian Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili completed an official visit to the United States, the highlights of which were meeting with United States Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist and the signing of the Bilateral Security Cooperation Framework.  Minister Gharibashvili …

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This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)

This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)   “As Iranians take to the streets in protest, the Ayatollahs in Tehran continue to use violence and imprisonment to oppress their people. The United States’ message is clear: the American people stand with the people of Iran.” – Vice President Mike Pence, Twitter, November 20 …

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U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)

U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)   On November 19, 2019, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted a reception to present U.S. infrastructure company Acrow Bridge to representatives of the Georgian government, international organizations, and the business community.  In her welcome remarks, CDA Rood and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Irakli Karseladze highlighted the desire for more …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial (November 14)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial (November 14)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, good morning, everyone.  Welcome. I first want to thank Secretary General Stoltenberg, Under Secretary of Defense Rood – John – and the representatives of 31 partners for being here today.  Thank you all so much …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to media at GDSC 2019 (November 6)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to media at GDSC 2019 (November 6)    Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  Georgia’s Defense and Security Conference is an excellent opportunity for people in government and experts in the security and defense fields to talk about Georgia’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration.  This year’s conference is going to …

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)   In far too many places around the world, journalists are killed, tortured, jailed, and harassed for reporting that exposes the abuses of corrupt regimes, undermines the work of terrorist and criminal organizations, gives voice to overlooked communities, and counters disinformation. As of December …

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CDA Rood attends Transparency International Georgia’s conference on hate speech (November 1)

Freedom of expression is a value shared by Georgia and the United States and a basic condition for individual liberty and for maintaining a free society. On November 1, CDA Rood spoke at Transparency International Georgia’s conference on hate speech, an event supported by USAID’s Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia activity. She emphasized that …

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CDA Rood Attends NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (October 31)

CDA Rood Attends NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (October 31) CDA Elizabeth Rood at the 4th Annual NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum to chair a panel discussion called “Investing in Resilience: The Power of Education.” The NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum provides a high-level platform for cross-sector collaboration in order to explore the common ground and goals between …

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The U.S. Government donates a truck to Georgian K9 unit (October 28)

The U.S. Government donates a truck to Georgian K9 unit (October 28) Today CDA Rood met the Georgian Ministry of Interior’s working drug detection dogs.  Since 2014, the U.S. government has trained 14 dogs for the Georgian MoI to strengthen its ability to stop to flow of illegal drugs.  Today the dogs and their handlers …

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Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (October 27)

Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (October 27) Diplomatic Reception Room 9:20 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice.  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.  He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent …

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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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The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)   The United States Ship (USS) Porter (DDG 78) arrives in Batumi for a port visit on October 22. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia by promoting regional peace and stability. This will be the ship’s second visit to Georgia.  …

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CDA Rood meets Women in Science camp participants (October 18)

CDA Rood meets Women in Science camp participants (October 18)  On October 18, CDA Elizabeth Rood met with participants of the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM camp to congratulate and encourage them to follow their dreams pursuing science, technology, engineering, arts & design, and mathematics (STEAM) in their higher education and careers. WiSci Girls’ STEAM …

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Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)

Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)   MS ORTAGUS: Do you have something to say first? AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yeah, just the Vice President, Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor O’Brien came out here to carry out the President’s directive to get a ceasefire as soon as possible in …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (October 16)

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (October 16) The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Secretary Pompeo reiterated U.S. opposition to Turkey’s military offensive and underscored President Trump’s call for the Turkish Government to stop its invasion …

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Pompeo on religious freedom: The world must hear the truth (October 15)

Pompeo on religious freedom: The world must hear the truth (October 15) U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo laid out the “dire condition of religious freedom around the world” and highlighted the Trump administration’s efforts to safeguard human dignity. Around the world, “more than 80% of mankind lives in areas where religious freedom is …

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Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria (October 14)

Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria (October 14)   On Friday, the United States signaled its intent to take action in response to Turkey’s ongoing unilateral military offensive in northeast Syria. President Donald J. Trump has now signed an Executive Order to press Turkey to halt …

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Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)

Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)   MODERATOR:  Thanks, everybody, for joining us this afternoon.  Sorry to be a few minutes late here at the end of the day, but this is a follow-up from the backgrounder that we had with our State Department bullpen on Monday.  We’re going to …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Dialogue Platform Event (October 7)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Dialogue Platform Event (October 7) Q-n about the event  Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy is very pleased to support this dialogue on quality of life and preserving cultural heritage. We believe it is very important in a country like Georgia, where cultural heritage is so …

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A new border police station opens in Georgia through the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency funding (October 2)

A new border police station opens in Georgia through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency funding (October 2)   Border Police officers often work under difficult conditions. That is why it is especially important that their living and working infrastructure is modern and comfortable. From now on, through funding from the U.S. Government, Khriani Border …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Announcement of OPIC Loan to Liberty Bank (September 25)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Announcement of OPIC Loan to Liberty Bank (September 25)   Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  The United States Embassy is very pleased that the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation, or OPIC, is providing this loan of $15 million to Liberty Bank.  This will allow …

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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)   Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime and those who enable its destabilizing behavior.  We are imposing sanctions on certain Chinese firms for knowingly engaging in a …

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The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24)

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

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U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)

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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker Travels to Germany and Georgia (September 5)

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts (September 3)

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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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Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran (June 24)

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Statement on Ambassador Wilson’s Departure (April 25)

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Secretary Pompeo Addresses Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka and Iranian Oil Imports (April 22)

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House Democracy Partnership Chair and Co-Chair Statement at Parliament (April 16)

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First American ambassador to Georgia joins board of Caucasian Journal (March 30)

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NATO’s LANDCOM signs letter of cooperation with Georgia Defence Forces (March 29)

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DAS A.Woodward and DCM E. Rood attended the screening of “16 Women for Change” short documentary films (March 28)

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

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Human Rights Report for 2018

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Ambassador Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22)

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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran (December 12)

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A Keynote Speech by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at German Marshall Fund (December 5)

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.2’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); A Keynote Speech by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Posted by The German Marshall Fund of the United States on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction. …

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