Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Department of State‘s 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony (September 11)

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Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker’s Press briefing at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 9)

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Acting Assistant Secretary Phil Reeker’s press brief at the administrative boundary line near Odzisi (September 8)

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

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Kelly C. Degnan of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia (September 4)

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

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Military Buildup in the Russian-occupied Georgian Region of South Ossetia (August 30)

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Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30)

Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30) “Russia’s further militarization of South Ossetia is outrageous & unacceptable. Putin and his government continue to recklessly disregard the sovereignty of other nations. Russia must immediately cease its destructive behavior and respect Georgian sovereignty.”

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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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Joint Declaration on the U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (June 11)

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Dr Redfield’s Comments to Media at FELTP Network Launch (May 24)

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Death of Senator Richard Lugar (April 30)

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Death of Senator Richard Lugar (April 30)

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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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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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Briefing With Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey (March 25

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

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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media on sidelines of the MCC school rehabilitation project in Kutaisi (February 27)

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Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Wreath Laying Ceremony in Mtskheta (February 22)

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

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Remarks by President Trump to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS (February 6)

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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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Secretary Pompeo, Press Availability at NATO Headquarters (December 4)

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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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Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban (December 1)

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CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Hepatitis C TAG Meeting (November 29)

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