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

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media in Kutaisi after the Launch of the USAID Agriculture Program (November 19)   Q-n about the new USAID Agriculture Program U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Wilson:  Let me say first how delighted I am to be here in Kutaisi.  I had the opportunity to come here several years ago and it is terrific that ...
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Ambassador Ross Wilsons’s statement following meetings with Georgian Presidential Candidates (November 16)

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership (November 16)

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

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) speed unit measurement devices donation to the Georgian Police (November 15)   The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi purchased nine (9) units of speed measurement device – Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of ...
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Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism (November 13)

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Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine (November 12)

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Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Ceremony (November 12)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Ceremony (November 12) Q-n about the event DCM, Elizabeth Rood: Today marks the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week in over 160 countries. The U.S. Embassy is very proud to partner with Global Entrepreneurship Network of Georgia (GEN) and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) to promote ...
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U.S. Embassy in Georgia Statement (November 9)

U.S. Embassy in Georgia Statement (November 9) On November 8, retired Ambassador Ross Wilson arrived in Tbilisi and will assume the role of chargé d’affaires, ad interim, at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.  Ambassador Wilson is a seasoned diplomat, served as Ambassador to Turkey (2005-2008) and Azerbaijan (2000-2003), served in a similar interim charge capacity ...
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Ambassador Ross Wilson’s statement to media following his meeting with Foreign Minister Zalkaliani (November 9)

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s statement to media following his meeting with Foreign Minister Zalkaliani (November 9) Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim:  Good afternoon!  I want to begin by thanking the Foreign Minister for making himself available to me on my very first day in Georgia.  We had, I think, an excellent conversation that familiarized me, or refamiliarized me, with Georgia’s perspective ...
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Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at TVET Award Ceremony (November 9)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at TVET Award Ceremony (November 9) Q-n about the event DCM, Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy and the Millennium Challenge Corporation are supporting the improvement of professional education in Georgia, and we are very pleased to be financing, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation along with their Georgian partners, this week of skills ...
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Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at IBSU 11th Annual Conference in American Studies (November 8)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at IBSU 11th Annual Conference in American Studies (November 8) Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: I’m very pleased to participate in International Black Sea University’s eleventh American Studies Conference.  The International Black Sea University is a long-standing, good partner of the American Embassy. And the university and this conference, in ...
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Chargé D’affaires Elizabeth Rood Emphasizes Importance of Vocational Education (November 5)

Chargé D’affaires Elizabeth Rood Emphasizes Importance of Vocational Education (November 5)   Chargé D’affaires Elizabeth Rood opened Third-annual “Investing in Human Capital” TVET Conference together with Minister of Education Batiashvili, and MCC Deputy Vice-President Lona Stoll.  Chargé Rood emphasized that everyone present at the conference plays an important role in shaping Georgia’s economic future as a member of ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin at a Press Availability on Iran Sanctions (November 5)

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin at a Press Availability on Iran Sanctions (November 5)   MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and ...
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Press Availability With Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin (November 5)

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Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program (November 5)

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Iran sanctions/Europe in on-record briefing by Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook (November 2)

Iran sanctions/Europe in an on-record briefing by Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook (November 2)   Press Correspondent’s Room Washington, D.C. MR HOOK: I’m happy to take questions. And you’ve heard the Secretary talk. I just (inaudible). QUESTION: What are the eight countries? MR HOOK: Huh? QUESTION: What are the eight countries? QUESTION: What are ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions (November 2)

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions (November 2)   MS NAUERT:  Thank you, sir.  Good morning, everyone, and welcome to today’s on-the-record call on the Iran snapback sanctions.  We’re pleased to have with us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media At Georgian Defence and Security Conference (November 1)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media At Georgian Defence and Security Conference (November 1) Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia is a country that faces many challenges and conferences like this in which we have a dialogue about those challenges and how we cooperate to assist Georgia in meeting those challenges are very ...
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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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National Security Advisor John Bolton Press Conference Tbilisi, Georgia (October 26)

National Security Advisor John Bolton Press Conference Tbilisi, Georgia (October 26)   Ambassador Bolton: Thank you very much for being here today. I am delighted to be in Georgia. This is the first time here for me. I had excellent meetings with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense, and ...
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National Security Advisor John Bolton Interview with Reuters reporter Margarita Antidze (October 26)

National Security Advisor John Bolton Interview with Reuters reporter Margarita Antidze (October 26)   Transcript of responses provided by Reuters INF TREATY The reasons that we withdrew from the INF treaty as the president has announced, I think, very clearly last Saturday and then repeated again publicly on Monday, are two. Number one is the ...
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International Religious Freedom Day (October 26)

International Religious Freedom Day (October 26) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC October 26, 2018 Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks at Stratcom Launch Ceremony (October 22)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks at Stratcom Launch Ceremony (October 22)   Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia has made its decision for integration with Western institutions—the European Union and NATO—and this is a choice that the United States fully supports.  There are many benefits for Georgia now for these decisions; for example, Georgians already enjoy benefits economically ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Chibati Public School (October 19)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Chibati Public School (October 19) Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: I am very happy to have an opportunity today to visit Chibati Public school, together with the Mayor of Lanchkhuti municipality, and to meet Georgia’s former teacher of the year, Lado Apkhazava, who has done an extraordinary job of ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Coastguard Boat Commissioning Ceremony (October 18)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Coastguard Boat Commissioning Ceremony (October 18) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: This is a very happy day in the partnership between the United States and Georgia because we are transferring from the United States’ Coastguard to the Georgian Coastguard these two Island-class patrol boats. These boats are going to strengthen Georgia’s maritime ...
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Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy (October 15)

Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy (October 15) Op-Ed Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Foreign Affairs October 15, 2018 The end of the Cold War forced new thinking among policymakers and analysts about the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. The emergence of al Qaeda,   cybercriminals, and other dangerous entities affirmed the threat of ...
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DAS George Kent’s Statement at the edge of Russian-occupied South Ossetia (October 13)

DAS George Kent’s Statement at the edge of Russian-occupied South Ossetia (October 13)   Ten years have passed since Russia occupied Georgian territory.  I have come here today to remind the people of Georgia that the United States is with them, and to remind them that the world has not forgotten what happened here.  The international ...
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Press Conference with Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent (October 12)

Press Conference with Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent (October 12)   Good afternoon! My name is George Kent and I am the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Caucuses and Eastern Europe.  On this visit, I am visiting Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia to engage the counties of this region in ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (October 11)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (October 11) Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the forty-fifth round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, October 9-10, the United States solemnly acknowledged the ten years that have passed since the 2008 conflict and the first ...
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Statement on Lugar Center (October 6)

Statement on Lugar Center (October 6) We’ve seen those reports in Russian media.  They’re nonsense and typical of Russian misinformation and propaganda campaigns. I note that Georgia, with German support, has organized an international “peer review compliance exercise” of the Lugar Center to be conducted in November.  The Russians have declined to participate. For further ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Third Tbilisi International Forum for Regional Stability (October 4)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Third Tbilisi International Forum for Regional Stability (October 4)   Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood:  The threat of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or other malicious actors is a very real one, and the Black Sea region faces ...
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Earthquake and Tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (September 30)

Earthquake and Tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (September 30) Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States conveys its condolences and support to all of those in Indonesia affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on September 28. U.S. Mission Indonesia is closely monitoring the situation and has not ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 22nd Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team (September 28)

CDA Elizabeth Rood delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 22nd Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team (September 28) On September 28, CDA Elizabeth Rood delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 22nd Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team prior to their deployment to Afghanistan ...
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Chargé d’affaires Rood and USAID Mission Director Wiebler meet election observation organizations (September 26)

Chargé d’affaires Rood and USAID Mission Director Wiebler meet local election observation organizations (September 26) Elections are the foundation of democracy. Today Chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rood and USAID Mission Director Peter Wiebler met with local and international election observation organizations. Election observers help deter fraud; expose problems and irregularities; provide an accurate measure of the quality of ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY (September 25)

Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY (September 25) United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood Participated in School Ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Kvemo Kartli (September 20)

CDA Elizabeth Rood Participated in School Ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Kvemo Kartli (September 20) Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood joined the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), MCA-Georgia, Georgian government senior leadership, and members of the local authorities in a ceremony dedicated to the reopening of two schools in Kvemo Kartli, Georgia: Rustavi # 4 and Gardabani #4 Public Schools.  In her address to guests, Chargé d’Affaires ...
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USDA animal health team praised for contribution and impact on veterinary services in Georgia (September 19)

USDA animal health team praised for contribution and impact on veterinary services in Georgia (September 19)   On September 19th the Steering Group which oversees Georgia’s National Animal Health Program 2016-20 (NAHP) held its 32nd meeting in Tbilisi. Dr. Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) participated in the meeting. The Georgian ...
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CDA Rood together with Millennium Challenge Corporation COO, San Diego State University President Welcome New Students at Convocation in Tbilisi

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood, together with the Millennium Challenge Corporation COO and San Diego State University President Welcome New Students at Convocation in Tbilisi (September 19) Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood joined San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), MCA-Georgia, and Georgian government senior leadership to welcome 230 rising freshmen at San Diego State University in Georgia, a top U.S. university ...
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Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program Launch (September 17)

Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program Launch (September 17) On September 17, 2018, 20 public health epidemiologists from public health centers across Georgia started a three-month Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (Frontline FETP). Frontline FETP is a public health workforce development program created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) to increase ...
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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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International Day of Democracy (September 15)

International Day of Democracy (September 15) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2018 On this International Day of Democracy, the United States reaffirms its unwavering belief in democracy as the form of government with the greatest capacity to advance peace, prosperity, and security, and to safeguard the universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and ...
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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)

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell’s opening remarks at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 12)   In many ways, the topic of Georgia and the West is much broader and much easier because I would say, as I had said in April and I will continue to say, that Georgia will be in ...
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Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine (September 12)

Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine (September 12) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2018 The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct “elections” in the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia’s ...
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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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Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje (September 10)

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Joint Statement on Libya on the Situation in Tripoli (September 1)

Joint Statement on Libya on the Situation in Tripoli (September 1)   The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the continued escalation of violence in and around Tripoli that has caused many casualties and continues to endanger the lives of innocent civilians. We reiterate that the targeting of ...
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USS Carney Enters Batumi Port (August 23)

USS Carney Enters Batumi Port (August 23)   The USS Carney (DDG 64), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer from the United States’ Navy 6th Fleet, will make a port visit in Batumi, Georgia, on August 23-25, 2018. The USS Carney’s visit reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners such ...
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OPIC EVP Meets with Prime Minister Bakhtadze to Promote U.S. Investment in Georgia (August 15)

OPIC EVP Meets with Prime Minister Bakhtadze to Promote U.S. Investment in Georgia (August 15)   TBILISI, GEORGIA – Executive Vice President of the U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) David Bohigian and other U.S. government officials met today with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze. The purpose of the visit is to promote U.S. ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Samegrelo Hazelnut Drying Factory Opening (August 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Samegrelo Hazelnut Drying Factory Opening (August 8)   Question about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: The government of the United States of America has been investing in Georgia’s hazelnut sector since 2010 through USAID.  We have a great partnership with the Georgian government and the private sector.  This new facility offers very important services ...
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Joint statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia 10 years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia (August 7)

Joint statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia 10 years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia (August 7)   This statement is made on behalf of Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America. We reaffirm our full support for Georgia’s sovereignty and ...
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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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Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs visits Georgia (July 10)

Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs visits Georgia (July 10) Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs arrived in Tbilisi for an official two-day visit. During her visit, A/S Royce met with the Minister of Education, Mikheil Chkhenkeli, and distinguished alumni of U.S. Government-funded exchange programs and cultural assistance beneficiaries. ...
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Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau at the GFSIS’ graduation ceremony (July 10)

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau at the GFSIS’ graduation ceremony (July 10) Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau congratulated graduates of the National Security and Public Policy Advanced Program organized by the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) and welcomed a new cohort last night by saying “You are building the institutions of ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Celebration at IBSU (July 4)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Celebration at IBSU (July 4) Q-n about today’s event CDA Elizabeth Rood: I’m very happy to be celebrating America’s Independece day here, at the International Black Sea University along with our friends and partners. Q-n about the importance of independence day and how Americans celebrate it CDA ...
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USDA strengthens trade linkages with Georgia via science-based research (June 29)

USDA strengthens trade linkages with Georgia via science-based research (June 29) The U.S. Department of Agriculture continues fostering collaboration and networking through its Borlaug Fellowship Program to improve agricultural productivity and trade through science-based research.  Maia Metreveli, a researcher at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center and head of the Risk Assessment Division at the Scientific Research Center of Agriculture ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the National Infection Prevention and Control Stakeholder’s Meeting (July 27)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the National Infection Prevention and Control Stakeholder’s Meeting (July 27)   Q-n about the importance of the program and the involvement of the U.S. Embassy CDA Rood:  The United States Embassy, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is assisting the Government of Georgia to implement best practices in infection ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Tbilisi Tolerance and Inclusion Week Dance Performance (June 23)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Tbilisi Tolerance and Inclusion Week Dance Performance (June 23) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: The U.S. Embassy is proud to support tolerance and inclusion week.  We believe that all Georgians should feel included and valued, and have an opportunity to participate fully in society.  Today’s performance ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on Georgian conflict (June 20)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on Georgian conflict (June 20) Press Statement Geneva, June 20, 2018 At the forty-fourth round of the Geneva International Discussion (GID) in the conflict in Georgia, June 19-20, the United States reiterated its support for Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The ...
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Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at Carnegie Europe (June 20)

Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at Carnegie Europe (June 20)   Thank you Tomas for that very warm introduction. And I can tell you that the feelings are entirely mutual. I appreciate the friendship that I’ve developed with Tomas over the years and have great respect for him as an intellectual and former policy maker, and ...
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Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at The Prague European Summit (June 20)

Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at The Prague European Summit (June 20)   I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be in Prague.  Prague really holds a special place in my heart.  I have built a lot of friendships here over the years.  I see several friendly faces in the audience, people that I’ve ...
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Rear Admiral Paul Verrastro visit to Georgia (June 19)

Rear Admiral Paul Verrastro visit to Georgia (June 19) Today, European Command Director of Logistics, Rear Admiral Paul Verrastro visited the Emergency Management Service (EMS) and met Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Director of the Service to discuss ongoing structural and legislative changes as well as support that the US Department of Defense provides to EMS to ...
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Narcotics Canine Program (June 19)

Narcotics Canine Program (June 19) INL-Georgia continues its support and partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs Patrol Police with the donation of two Toyota LC-78 vehicles for the Canine Drug Interdiction Program.  These specially outfitted vehicles will deploy to the airports in Kutaisi and Batumi to safely transport the drug interdiction canines to/from the ...
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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 Georgia’s European Way Conference (June 14)

Chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (June 14) Q-n about the event CDA Rood:  This conference is called Georgia’s European Way and the United States has a presence at this conference because we firmly and deeply support Georgia’s choice for Euro-Atlantic integration.  We consider that choice irreversible and we do a great deal ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Rustavi American Corner (June 13)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Rustavi American Corner (June 13) Q-n about the event CDA Rood: I am very happy to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Rustavi American Corner and the opening of a new and renovated space.  American Corners throughout Georgia provide good programming and information, ...
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Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit (June 12) President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Hybrid Warfare Symposium (June 12)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Hybrid Warfare Symposium (June 12) Q-n about the importance of today’s event Elizabeth Rood: Hybrid threats are very real danger to Georgia, to NATO, to our allies and partners. Those who use hybrid threats seek to undermine unity among our neighbors and our partners and our alliances, and they ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of State Affairs Commission of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting (June 11) Capella Hotel Singapore 9:08 A.M. SGT Q Mr. President, how do you feel (inaudible)? PRESIDENT TRUMP: I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and, I ...
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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Teachers’ Conference (June 9)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Teachers’ Conference (June 9) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: I am pleased to recognize the commitment of Georgian teachers to strengthening their skills in teaching STEM subjects. The U.S. government’s Millenium Challenge Corporation is financing this conference as part of its $140 million investment in Georgian education. ...
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Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell’s speech at the Heritage Foundation (as prepared) (June 6)

Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell’s speech at the Heritage Foundation (as prepared) (June 6) Anchoring the Western Alliance Good morning everyone. I’d like to thank Heritage Foundation for inviting me to speak today. I have followed Heritage’s research for years and appreciate the work that its scholars ...
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SABIT Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Residential and Commercial Construction” program announcement

SABIT “Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Residential and Commercial Construction” program announcement   If you work in residential or commercial real estate development or construction projects, we are seeking applicants for head engineers, construction managers, financial decision makers, and building material suppliers and distributors to participate in an upcoming  Special American Business Internship Training ‘s (SABIT’s) ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Statement to Media at MCC-Funded School Rehabilitation in Vani (May 31)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Statement to Media at MCC-Funded School Rehabilitation in Vani (May 31) I am very happy to be here in Vani today to announce the beginning of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s final phase of school renovations.  The renovation of the Vani school is part of $140 million investment that the Millennium  Challenge Corporation is making ...
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Statement on Georgian Territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (May 30)

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Remarks by President Trump at a Memorial Day Ceremony (May 28)

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Georgia National Day (May 26)

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Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 (May 25)

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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (May 23)

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Female NASCAR driver promotes women’s empowerment (May 21)

Female NASCAR driver promotes women’s empowerment (May 21)   TBILISI, May 21, 2018—The U.S. Embassy will bring NASCAR racecar driver Jennifer Jo Cobb to Georgia May 27-June 2 as part of a one-week campaign called “Women Can Do Anything.” Media outlets are invited to join Jennifer Cobb, Georgian female race car drivers, and Chargé d’Affaires ...
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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy (May 21)

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Remarks at the 2018 Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 21)

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Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Conference held in Batumi (May 20)

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U.S.-Georgia Defense Readiness Program Training Element Launch (May 18)

On May 17 and 18, Commander, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti visited Georgia to formally recognize the start of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program(GDRP).  General Scaparrotti also with senior Georgian leaders to reaffirm the U.S.’ commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and aspirations to become a member of NATO. The GDRP ceremony was held atthe Georgian Armed Forces Vaziani Military ...
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Statement of the U.S. Embassy on Judicial Reform (May 18)

Georgia has taken great steps in recent years to protect the independence of its judiciary.  The U.S. Government supports Parliament and its efforts to provide a legal framework that discourages improper judicial influence and informal governance.  To foster greater public trust, we urge the government to adopt a transparent legal framework.  This framework should guide ...
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Remarks by President Trump and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg (May 17)

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment made to media following a meeting with members of the High Council of Justice of Georgia (May 16)

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USDA supports implementation of SPS requirement under the DCFTA in Georgia (May 14)

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

It is with great sadness that the U.S. Embassy confirms the passing of one of its employees, Mark Mitchell, in a motor vehicle accident on May 6.  Local authorities are investigating.  Mark was an invaluable member of the USAID team and his absence is deeply felt.  The U.S. Embassy community expresses its heartfelt condolences to ...
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Statement on Closure of Controlled Crossing Points in Russian Occupied Georgian Territory of South Ossetia (May 8)

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

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Assistant Secretary A. Wes Mitchell’s Remarks at the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (May 1)

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Assistant Secretary Dr. A. Wess Mitchell’s remarks at the Joint Statement with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze (Apr 30)

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African-American opera singer Grace Bumbry visits Tbilisi (April 30)

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REMARKS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo At a Press Availability (April 27)

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Inaugural Ceremony for the Dmanisi Youth Medical Education Center (April 26)

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

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the U.S. Embassy Earth Day Event (April 22)

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U.S. Embassy Earth Day Celebration (April 20)

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media on the margins of a Georgian Government meeting on the “Step for Better a Future” peace initiative

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Conference – Support for the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Georgia (April 18)

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Holding Russia Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Salisbury, UK (April 18)

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Peace Corps G-18 Arrival Ceremony (April 17)

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media during the tour of the Anaklia deep sea port construction (April 16)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the ”A Step to a Better Future” Peace Initiative by the Georgian Government (April 4)

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United States Welcomes Georgia Peace Initiative (April 4)

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at International Black Sea University (April 2)

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comments to media at the Economic Policy Research Institute essay contest award ceremony (March 30)

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (March 29)

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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Business for Gender Equality Award Ceremony (March 20)

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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee (March 12)

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Women in Policing Conference (March 6)

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I feel very honored today to address 250 police officers representing 13 countries.  As a woman who has raised a family while pursuing a career, like many of you, I know the challenges of doing two full-time jobs at once. Yet your positions as police officers place additional burdens on you at work and at ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the National Defense Academy (January 24)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the National Defense Academy (January 24) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly: I was very pleased and honored to be able to address the students and faculty of the Defense Academy today. We had a very good discussion about Georgia’s future and about cooperation between the United States and ...
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Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli (January 12)

Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli (January 12) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 12, 2018 The United States is disturbed by the January 12 sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to a six-year prison term. Mr. Mukhtarli was reportedly abducted in Georgia on May 30 and subsequently arrested in Azerbaijan on smuggling ...
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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, Ambassador Kelly extends his 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 Georgian ...
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Press Statement on the Continuing Protests in Iran (January 4)

Press Statement on the Continuing Protests in Iran (January 4) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 4, 2018 We continue to monitor closely the protests and violence in Iran. The Iranian people have been expressing their desire for dignified treatment, an end to corruption, improved transparency, and increased economic opportunities. Protestors have also demanded ...
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Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Stem Legacy Exhibition (December 22)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Stem Legacy Exhibition (December 22) Q-n about the event Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy is pleased to join with our Georgian partners in opening this exhibit, which features examples and photographs of the achievements of Georgians in science, technology, engineering, and innovation in the past.  And looking forward towards Georgia’s future, it will be even ...
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Joint Statement of the 2017 U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges (December 22)

Joint Statement of the 2017 U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges (December 22) Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs December 22, 2017 ________________________________ The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission’s Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges met December 15 in Washington, D.C., to advance cooperation in the areas of education, public ...
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Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (December 20)

Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (December 20) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 20, 2017 Today the State Department submitted to Congress the fifth annual report on the U.S. government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, in consultation ...
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2017 National Security Strategy of the United States of America

2017 National Security Strategy of the United States of America  President Donald Trump’s first annual U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) was released on December 18. It is an Executive Branch report to Congress that outlines the President’s vision for the U.S. national security strategy, and will serve as the foundation for subsequent strategies such as DoD’s ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (December 13)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (December 13) Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the forty-second round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia December 12-13, participants made progress toward agreement on a non-use of force statement.  The United States welcomed the participants’ commitment to returning ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at Akhaltsikhe School N1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (December 13)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at Akhaltsikhe School N1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (December 13) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: It is a real honor for me to participate in the opening of this school.  It is both an honor and a pleasure.  I think this is the most exciting thing that I do as an ambassador because this is all ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Political Participation Conference (December 12)

AAmbassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Political Participation Conference (December 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I am very happy to participate in this very important forum. I think that a strong and stable democracy is a very inclusive democracy and, for that reason, we are very supportive of plans to increase participation of women both in the economy ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Attack in New York City (December 11)

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Attack in New York City (December 11)   Today’s attempted mass murder attack in New York City—the second terror attack in New York in the last two months—once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people. First and foremost, as ...
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Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem (December 6)

Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem (December 6)   THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to Media at the Millennium Innovations Award Launch (December 1)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to Media at the Millennium Innovations Award Launch (December 1) Q-n about today’s event Ambassador Kelly:  I think this is my favorite project. The U.S. Embassy has been supporting this competition, the Millennium Innovation Award. This is the fourth year that we’ll be doing it. I’ve participated in the last three inauguration events and this, I think, is one ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to the media on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group Meeting (November 30)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to the media on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group Meeting (November 30) Q-n about the program and its challenges I think that two years ago Georgia embarked on really an extraordinary initiative and that is to eliminate, to be the first country in the world to eliminate Hepatitis ...
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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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Statement on the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch (November 28)

Statement on the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch (November 28) Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of ...
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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 following a Meeting with Supreme Court Chairwoman (November 22)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media following a Meeting with Supreme Court Chairwoman (November 22) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: Well, I just had a very productive meeting with the chairwoman of the Supreme Court here to discuss issues related to the judiciary and the rule of law.  As you all know, we think that one of ...
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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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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the IBSU American Studies Conference (November 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the IBSU American Studies Conference (November 20) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  Well, I think this is the third year I’ve participated in the opening of this very important, if not the most important, American Studies Conference; at least one of the most important American Studies Conferences in ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Humanitarian Civic Assistance project Ribbon Cutting (November 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Humanitarian Civic Assistance project Ribbon Cutting (November 20) Q-n about the event   Ambassador Kelly: We are very pleased to cooperate with the Georgian military, and also with the ministries of Defense and Health, with local government here to renovate these homes for children. Of course, they are the ...
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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 Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is gift from the Embassy—it’s over 1,000 books and of course we are very grateful to the National [Parliamentary] Library for hosting this collection.  This additional donation will update their collection; ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media in Pankisi (November 16)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media in Pankisi (November 16) Q-n about the purpose of the visit Ambassador Kelly:  The main purpose of the visit for me today is, of course, to meet with the some of the people in Pankisi.  I just had a very good meeting with the some of the elders with whom we talked about some ...
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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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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Betsy Fore’s Public Lecture (November 13)

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Betsy Fore’s Public Lecture (November 13) Q-n about the event DCM Elizabeth Rood:  We are organizing events throughout the country to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.  We support innovation and entrepreneurship.  The U.S. Embassy has gathered young entrepreneurs and experienced business leaders to participate in a mentorship program.  Also, we invited young expert Betsy Fore ...
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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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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 23rd Battalion Redeployment (November 10)

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 23rd Battalion Redeployment (November 10) Q-n about the event DCM Elizabeth Rood:  It is an honor and our privilege to join the Minister of Defense in welcoming back home to Georgia from the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan the brave Georgian soldiers of the 23rd Battalion.  Georgian soldiers are distinguished throughout the world and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Ian C. Kelly Parliament and ILO Labor Event (November 9)

Remarks by Ambassador Ian C. Kelly Parliament and ILO Labor Event (November 9) Good morning.  Thank you Chairman Kobakhidze, Zsolt Dudas of the ILO, and members of Parliament for organizing this event and taking a leadership role on this important subject. Labor reform can be hard to discuss because it is touches so many parts ...
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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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Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood visited to the soldiers of the 13th Georgian Light Infantry Battalion (November 8)

Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood visited to the soldiers of the 13th Georgian Light Infantry Battalion (November 8) On November 8, Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood visited to the soldiers of the 13th Georgian Light Infantry Battalion and the Marines and Sailors aboard Krtsanisi Training Area.  The soldiers are training for their future ...
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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 Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at State Sokhumi University (November 6)

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at State Sokhumi University (November 6) Q-n about the event DCM Elizabeth Rood:   It is an honor for me today to visit Sokhumi State University and to have the opportunity to meet with the rector and to meet students from  the law faculty and the political science faculty.  It is ...
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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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Statement from the President on the Terrorist Attack in New York City (October 31)

Statement from the President on the Terrorist Attack in New York City (October 31) Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s terrorist attack in New York City and their families. My Administration will provide its full support to the New York City Police Department, including through a joint investigation with the Federal ...
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USDA supports GOG delegation to the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee Meeting at WTO Secretariat in Geneva (October 30)

USDA supports GOG delegation to the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee Meeting at WTO Secretariat in Geneva (October 30) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in collaboration with the National Food Agency and Ministry of Agriculture supported the travel of the Government of Georgia (GOG) delegation to the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee Meeting October 30 ...
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Open World Program Participants’ Concluding Event in Oklahoma (October 27)

Open World Program Participants’ Concluding Event in Oklahoma (October 27) Georgian judges participating in the Open World program attended a concluding ceremony at the dean’s residence of Oklahoma City University. Judges were joined by Open World program’s Executive Director – Ambassador O’Keefe, Oklahoma State and the U.S. Federal judges, professors and invited guests. Senator Lankford ...
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Ambassador Kelly and Interior Minister Mgebrishvili Open New Border Security Facility in Sulda (October 26)

Ambassador Kelly and Interior Minister Mgebrishvili Open New Border Security Facility in Sulda (October 26) On October 26, Ambassador Kelly, together with Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mgebrishvili, opened the new Georgian Border Land Sector Security facility  in Sulda.   Through support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program, this modern ...
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October 21 Local Elections in Georgia (October 22)

The Embassy of the United States congratulates the government and people of Georgia on yesterday’s well-administered local elections, which were held in a largely peaceful environment and respected fundamental freedoms.  We concur with the OSCE’s preliminary report, which noted positively that the candidates could campaign freely and that freedoms of assembly and expression were generally ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comment at the National Defense Academy’s farewell ceremony for the General Dynamics Information Technology Team (October 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment at the National Defense Academy’s farewell ceremony for the General Dynamics Information Technology Team (October 20) Today’s ceremony was the culmination of a six-year partnership between the United States and Georgia with General Dynamics Information Team as the implementor.  The goal was to create  really a world class full education for Georgian leaders modeled after the ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at a Roundtable with NDI’s Election Day Observation Mission and Ambassadors (October 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at a Roundtable with NDI’s Election Day Observation Mission and Ambassadors (October 20) Q-n about the upcoming election and incident in Marneuli Ambassador Kelly: Well we rely very much on the international observers who come to Georgia.  The Georgian government has always been very receptive to many international observers; this election ...
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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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Certified U.S. Trade Mission Brings U.S. Companies to Georgia (October 18)

Certified U.S. Trade Mission Brings U.S. Companies to Georgia (October 18)   TBILISI, October 18, 2017 –  U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, together with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the America-Georgia Business Council, is bringing twelve U.S. companies to Georgia for private sector and government meetings. Companies from the construction, logistics, communications, and technology sectors will hold ...
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Space Hackathon registration open now! (October 18)

Space Hackathon registration open now! (October 18)   The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is proud to announce the launch of Space Hackathon – a nationwide completion for Georgian youth.  This hackathon is meant to inspire new ideas about space and encourage interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. Distinguished former NASA astronaut Heide ...
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program DV-2019

NEW ENTRY PERIOD FOR DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM – DV-2019 Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and ...
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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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Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at the Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) (October 13)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at the Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) (October 13) Ambassador Kelly:  I want to thank the Ministry for inviting me here today and for arranging this very informative briefing.  This is a very impressive facility and I’m very proud that the United States of America funded the construction of it.  I’m also very ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgia Defense and Security Conference (October 12)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgia Defense and Security Conference (October 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is the third Batumi Security and Defense Conference that I have attended, and I’ve watched over the last three years how this conference has grown in the number of participants but probably more importantly in the level of ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (October 11)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (October 11) Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the forty-first round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia October 10-11, the United States expressed its continued objection to the closure of two controlled crossing points along the Abkhaz Administrative ...
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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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Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2)

Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2) 10:50 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than ...
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The 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion Deployment Ceremony (September 28)

The 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion Deployment Ceremony (September 28) On September 28, Ambassador Ian Kelly delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 31st Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in support of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.   The United States is deeply grateful ...
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Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, visits Georgia (September 27)

Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, visits Georgia (September 27) The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, along with The Institute of Art History and Theory at Tbilisi State University, and The Georgian National Museum and State Museum of Folks and Applied Arts of Georgia, are proud to announce the visit ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tbilisi Hero’s Square Memorial (September 27)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tbilisi Hero’s Square Memorial (September 27) Q-n about importance of the date “September 27” for Georgia Ambassador Kelly:  I think it is very important to stay focused on the future.  Our programs of cooperation obviously are very much focused on future partnership with Georgia.  ...
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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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Ambassador’s media engagement at the Edward Curtis Exhibit Opening (September 20)

Ambassador’s media engagement at the Edward Curtis Exhibit Opening (September 20) Q-n about the exhibit Ambassador Kelly: This is a particular pleasure for me to open this exhibit because, as I noted in my public remarks, I was involved in the discussion stage of this.  We invited Georgian museum curators to come to our house and ...
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Amb. Kelly’s remarks to media at White Coat Ceremony at TSMU (September 20)

Amb. Kelly’s remarks to media at White Coat Ceremony at TSMU (September 20)   Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  It was a real honor and a privilege for me to participate in the ceremony of welcoming new international and Georgian students into the American MD program. This is another example of the great partnership between the ...
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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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Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media regarding the visit of the U.S. Forestry Service to Georgia (September 15)

Ambassador Kelly’s comment to media regarding the visit of the U.S. Forestry Service to Georgia (September 15)   Q-n about the assistance USFS provided to the Georgian Government Ambassador Kelly: We are very pleased that our colleagues Andy and Dana came from the U.S. Forestry Service to follow-up on the terrible events of August in ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the second day of the McCain Conference (September 13)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the second day of the McCain Conference (September 13)   Q-n:   How would you summarize this session? DAS Brink: Well thanks a lot, it’s been a real honor to be here as part of the McCain Institute and EPRC Conference to talk about ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s and Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media on the sidelines of the McCain Conference (September 12)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s and Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media on the sidelines of the McCain Conference (September 12)   Q-n:  About the meaning of the conference Ambassador Kelly:  Well I think first of all the fact that we have much higher level and much broader participation is a real tribute to everything Georgia is ...
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Joint Statement by the U.S. Embassy and the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia on the extradition of Boris Malayev (September 12)

Joint Statement by the U.S. Embassy and the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia on the extradition of Boris Malayev (September 12) Pursuant to our strong law enforcement partnership, the U.S. Embassy and the Prosecution Service of Georgia have secured the extradition of Boris Malayev to the United States.  Malayev, a citizen of Uzbekistan ...
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Edward Curtis photo exhibition (September 12)

Edward Curtis photo exhibition (September 12) Opening Date: September 20, 2017  Closing Date: October 20, 2017 TBILISI, GEORGIA —The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition of works by noted 20th century photographer and ethnographer, Edward Curtis. Curtis mounted expeditions for over 30 years and documented the cultures and ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Defense and Security Cooperation Working Group (September 12)

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Defense and Security Cooperation Working Group (September 12)   Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2017 The Security and Defense Working Group of the U.S.–Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission met on September 8, 2017, in Washington, DC. The Working Group noted the historic events leading up ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at the SDSU Convocation Ceremony (September 11)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at the SDSU Convocation Ceremony (September 11) Q-n:  What does having such a high-level university in Georgia mean to the country? Ambassador Kelly: Well I think this is a very unique university.  This is the only university in the region which has an American curriculum and grants an American degree.  ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s Media Engagement following the Meetings with Speaker Kobakhidze and Opposition Parties (September 11)

Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s Media Engagement following the Meetings with Speaker Kobakhidze and Opposition Parties (September 11) Q-n about the content of the meetings  DAS Brink:  First of all I would like to thank the Speaker of Parliament for receiving me this evening.  For the last couple of days I have had a really great set of meetings with members of government ...
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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the Conference on School Management and Leadership (September 9)

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the Conference on School Management and Leadership (September 9) DCM Elizabeth Rood:  I am very pleased to meet and greet the school directors and educators who are here today for this year’s conference on School Leadership and Management.  The United States’ Government’s Millennium Challenge ...
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Global Trade, Local Needs: Supporting Agricultural Trade Capacity in Georgia (September 5-7)

Global Trade, Local Needs: Supporting Agricultural Trade Capacity in Georgia (September 5-7)   Tbilisi, Georgia – On September 5th forty-five individuals representing the private sector, academia, civil society and government met to discuss food safety requirements for successful export and import of food products under both World Trade Organization (WTO) and European Union (EU) harmonized ...
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The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Firefighters (August 26)

“We admire the efforts of Georgia’s emergency response personnel. They are working as heroes to extinguish the fire in Borjomi. We understand well the unique beauty and importance of the Borjomi National Forest. We want to help in this effort. Today, at the request of the Emergency Management Agency, we are donating 500 pairs of ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Republican Party Office (August 23)

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: I believe that a strong and engaged opposition is absolutely essential to any democracy and that is why I wanted to pay a visit to a party that is one of the oldest political parties in Georgia, and to get their point of view on the development of Georgian democracy.  And, I told representatives ...
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Ambassador’s Statement to Media Regarding the Borjomi Wildfire (August 22)

Let me say, first of all, that I’ve been in close contact with senior officials from this government starting last night, late last night, continuing into today.  We understand that the fire is extremely worrisome, extremely difficult.  We know that hundreds of Georgian firefighters are in harm’s way.  We, as Georgia’s partner, would like to ...
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Amb Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Occupation Museum in Ergneti (August 17)

Q-n about the visit Ambassador Kelly:  This has been a very moving day for me. I began the day seeing a church that is 1,200 years old and inscriptions on the church from people who lived 1,200 years ago who ask us to remember them in prayers.  I am very grateful to the people, who on their own initiative, set up ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood’s Statement to Media at the Noble Partner Closing Ceremony (August 12)

Q-n: Question about the purpose of the event DCM Elizabeth Rood: Today’s exercise is proof that the United States remains very committed to our strategic partnership with Georgia and we are proud of that partnership.  The United States’ and Georgia’s armed forces have been cooperating together for many years and we are very proud that ...
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The United States Urges Russia to Respect Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (August 9)

The United States Urges Russia to Respect Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (August 9) Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON The United States views the visit of President Putin to the Russian occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia as inappropriate and inconsistent with the principles underlying the Geneva International Discussions, to which Russia ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments Before the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Shindisi Hero’s Memorial (August 8)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments Before the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Shindisi Hero’s Memorial (August 8) Q-n: Your comment on the anniversary of the Russian invasion Ambassador Kelly: I think this time and this place is a time to reflect, but also to recommit.  I think in terms of the first, it’s a time for us to reflect on the price of freedom.  We’re standing ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Repatriation Ceremony for Georgian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan (August 6)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Repatriation Ceremony for Georgian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan (August 6)   Ambassador Kelly:  I think words really can hardly express the sadness that I feel at the loss of such a fine young man who has already contributed so much to our mutual security.  It was Sergeant Bebiashvili’s third tour in Afghanistan.  I think, all I can really say is that less than a ...
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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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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (August 2)

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Signing the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (August 2) Today, I signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.  I favor tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran ...
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Statement by the President (August 2)

Statement by the President (August 2) Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.”  While I favor tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilizing behavior by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed. In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included ...
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Remarks by the Vice President to Noble Partner Participants (August 1)

Remarks by the Vice President to Noble Partner Participants (August 1) Tbilisi International Airport Tbilisi, Georgia THE VICE PRESIDENT:  President Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Kvrikashvili, Minister Izoria, General Chachibaya, members of the armed forces of the United States of America and Georgia, to all our distinguished guests, it is an honor to join you here today ...
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Remarks by the Vice President and Georgian Prime Minister in a Joint Press Conference (August 1)

Remarks by the Vice President and Georgian Prime Minister in a Joint Press Conference (August 1)   Georgian Chancellery Tbilisi, Georgia PRIME MINISTER KVRIKASHVILI:  (In progress, as interpreted.)  — that we are receiving not only the Vice President of our key strategic partner, Vice President of the United States, but the great friend of Georgia, ...
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Second Lady Karen Pence to Meet with Art Therapists in Eastern Europe (July 27)

Second Lady Karen Pence to Meet with Art Therapists in Eastern Europe (July 27)   WASHINGTON, DC – Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Tallinn, Estonia; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Podgorica, Montenegro July 29-August 2, 2017. In Tallinn, Estonia, Mrs. Pence will tour a medical center and participate in a roundtable discussion with art therapists. Art ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Media Outlet Visit in Marneuli (July 24)

Ambassador Kelly’s Media Outlet Visit in Marneuli (July 24)   AMB:  So, we recognize – the United States recognizes – the importance of this region to the overall success of Georgia, and you know that we are making big investments in Georgia and its attempt to become a democratic and pluralistic, multiethnic society.  And, so, ...
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Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran (July 21)

Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran (July 21) President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad.  The United States condemns hostage takers and nations that continue to take hostages and detain our citizens without just cause or due process. For nearly forty years, ...
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Exercise Noble Partner 17 to kick off (July 20)

Exercise Noble Partner 17 to kick off (July 20) WIESBADEN, Germany – Service members from the United States, Georgia and six other participating nations will train together July 30 to Aug. 12 during the third iteration of exercise Noble Partner. The annual U.S. Army Europe-led exercise will be hosted at the Vaziani and Camp Norio ...
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Ambassador’s remarks at the Fulbright appreciation reception (July 17)

Ambassador’s remarks at the Fulbright appreciation reception (July 17) Q-n about today’s event Ambassador: I think uh one of the most important programs we have in terms of the various assistance programs that the U.S. taxpayer funds.  I think probably the most important ones are programs where we support young Georgians to go and study ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at Karapila ABL (July 14)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at Karapila ABL (July 14) Question about why did the ambassador chose this particular place to visit Ambassador Kelly: I think you have to ask the FSB and the Russian authorities why this place was chosen.  I think this place has just remarkable symbolic significance; it is just a few hundred ...
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Ambassador Kelly Congratulates Fulbright Scholarship Winners (July 14)

Ambassador Kelly Congratulates Fulbright Scholarship Winners (July 14)   On Monday, July 17, U.S. Ambassador Ian Kelly and Irakli Gilauri, CEO of BGEO Group, will attend a reception hosted by the Bank of Georgia to congratulate eight Georgian students awarded Fulbright Graduate Student Program scholarships.  These students will travel to the U.S. this fall to ...
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Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to media on the sidelines of 14th International Conference on Georgia’s European Way, Batumi (July 13)

Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to media on the sidelines of 14th International Conference on Georgia’s European Way, Batumi (July 13) Q-n about 14th International Conference Georgia’s European Way  Ambassador Kelly:  I am very pleased to participate in this conference.  It is the second annual conference that I have attended anyway.  I think it is an important ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Self-sustainability of Museums in Georgia with Exhibitions and Workshops (July 10)

U.S. Embassy Supports Self-sustainability of Museums in Georgia with Exhibitions and Workshops (July 10) From July 10 – 18, the U.S. Embassy will host U.S. museum consultant Patrick Gallagher, known for his work with the Smithsonian Museums, Grammy Museum, Spy Museum, and numerous other world-class museum facilities worldwide. During his visit, Gallagher will tour local ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Liberation of Mosul (July 10)

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Liberation of Mosul (July 10) Today, Iraqi Security Forces, supported by the United States and the Global Coalition, liberated the city of Mosul from its long nightmare under the rule of ISIS.  We congratulate Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Security Forces, and all Iraqis for their ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony (July 7)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony (July 7) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly:  It is a real honor for me to participate in this swearing-in ceremony for the newest group of Peace Corps Volunteers, 53 Americans who are coming here and participating in a very critical part of our assistance to our ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) (July 7)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) (July 7) Q-n about the meeting with the Georgian Trade Union Confederation (GTUC) Ambassador Kelly: Our priority here is to support Georgia’s aspiration to join Euro-Atlantic institutions and also support Georgia’s economic growth and its resilience. And, of course, an important part of ...
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Background Briefing on the Ceasefire in Syria (July 7)

Background Briefing on the Ceasefire in Syria (July 7) Senior State Department Official Via Teleconference Washington, DC July 7, 2017 MODERATOR: All right. Thank you, sir. Good afternoon and thanks for joining us for this background call on the southwest Syria ceasefire arrangement. [Senior State Department Official] is joining us on this call. Earlier today, as ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day (July 6)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Reception Celebrating U.S. Independence Day (July 6) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I think, most of all, I feel very proud to represent my country here in Georgia.  We have such a strong partnership, but I also feel honored that the head of the Georgian State and ...
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Film Editing Workshop with Professor Jason Rosenfield (June 30)

Film Editing Workshop with Professor Jason Rosenfield (June 30) During the week of July 3 – 7, Georgian documentary filmmakers will participate in a film editing workshop at Frontline Club Georgia, 62 Lado Asatiani Street. Participants will study principles of basic story structure, the art of the cliff-hanger ending, and create their own “Sizzle Reel” ...
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Call for participation in an executive fellowship on Museum curation and management (June 30)

Call for participation in an executive fellowship on Museum curation and management (June 30) The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce an open call for participation in an executive fellowship on Museum curation and management. Award-winning museum exhibition designer Patrick Gallagher will lead a special workshop for select museum staff on creative and innovative curation ...
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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Estonia, Georgia, and Montenegro (June 29)

Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Estonia, Georgia, and Montenegro (June 29) WASHINGTON, DC – At the direction of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Tallinn, Estonia; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Podgorica, Montenegro July 30-August 2, 2017. In Tallinn, Estonia, the Vice President will meet with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and ...
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State Security Service of Georgia and USA Terrorist Screening Center Sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (June 27)

State Security Service of Georgia and USA Terrorist Screening Center Sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (June 27) On June 27, 2017, Charles H. Kable IV, Assistant Director for the FBI, who currently serves as the Director of the United States Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) and Irakli Chimakadze, Head of the Counterterrorism Center, State Security of Georgia ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan (June 25)

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan (June 25) The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Parachinar and Quetta on Friday. These attacks, which deliberately targeted civilians, and killed over 80 people, are a strong reminder of the threat posed throughout the region by the scourge of terrorism. We stand with ...
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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (June 21)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (June 21) Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the fortieth round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia June 20-21, the United States condemned the de facto Abkhaz authorities’ decision to drop the criminal prosecution of the suspect in the ...
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Georgia: Trade and Investment Opportunities for U.S. Businesses – DirectLine Webinar hosted by U.S. Ambassador Ian C.Kelly (June 21)

  Georgia: Trade and Investment  Opportunities for U.S. Businesses – DirectLine Webinar hosted by U.S. Ambassador Ian C.Kelly (June 21) The U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian C. Kelly will host a Direct Line webinar for U.S. companies interested in exporting to and investing in Georgia Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10:00 AM (EDT) – 6:00 PM (Georgia Time). In ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine (June 20)

Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine (June 20) 11:09 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with President Poroshenko of the Ukraine — a place that we’ve all been very much involved in.  And you’ve been seeing it and everybody has been reading about it. ...
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Ambassador Kelly Marks 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Georgia (June 20)

Ambassador Kelly Marks 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Georgia (June 20) On June 20, Ambassador Kelly attended a forum in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations, where he spoke about Georgia’s road to democracy.  He affirmed that America’s commitment to Georgia’s democracy and security is unwavering, and shall last well into the future.  ...
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Rostropovich-Vishenvskaya Foundation representatives visit Georgia (June 15)

Rostropovich-Vishenvskaya Foundation representatives visit Georgia (June 15) Ambassador Kelly was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Elena Rostropovich and other members of the Rostropovich-Vishenvskaya Foundation (RVF) Board during their visit to Georgia.  RVF is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, and Elena Rostropovich briefed Ambassador Kelly on the latest activities of the charitable foundation founded by ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at Georgian American University (June 9)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at Georgian American University (June 9) Q-n about today’s event Ambassador Kelly:  We are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia and this is really, I think, the most symbolic place to do it given that this is the Georgian American University.  But, also ...
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Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Tehran (June 7)

Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Tehran (June 7) Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 7, 2017 The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today. We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran. The depravity of terrorism has no place ...
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The U.S. Embassy brings NASA Engineer Sean Fuller to Georgia (June 6)

The U.S. Embassy brings NASA Engineer Sean Fuller to Georgia (June 6) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, in coordination with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, are proud to welcome NASA engineer Sean Fuller to Georgia June 12 – 13 for a series of lectures and workshops on America’s civilian space program and the importance of science education for ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the SDSU Scholarship Awards (June 5)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the SDSU Scholarship Awards (June 5) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I think you know that the United States is making large investments in Georgia, helping Georgia become a 21st century democratic, free market economy.  The biggest investment we made is in the education sector, because we recognize ...
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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at the European Network of American Alumni Association (ENAM) (June 3)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to the media at the European Network of American Alumni Association (ENAM) (June 3) Q-n about the conference and importance of exchange programs Ambassador Kelly:  I am a big believer in exchange programs.  I was a participant myself; in fact, the first time I came to Georgia was on an exchange program.  ...
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United States Condemns Attacks in London (June 3)

United States Condemns Attacks in London (June 3) Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 3, 2017 The United States condemns the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians in London this evening. We understand U.K. police are currently treating these as terrorist incidents. The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United ...
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Statement on the Abduction and Arrest of Afgan Mukhtarli (June 3)

Statement on the Abduction and Arrest of Afgan Mukhtarli (June 3) Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 3, 2017 The United States is disturbed by the reported abduction in Tbilisi, Georgia, and subsequent arrest in Azerbaijan of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli on May 30. We are also troubled by the May 25 arrest in ...
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Tbilisi Hosts International ENAM Conference (June 2)

Tbilisi Hosts International ENAM Conference (June 2)   On June 3, 2017 U.S. Ambassador Ian C. Kelly will open the 10th Annual International Conference of the European Network of American Alumni Associations (ENAM): Brave New Europe.   The International Conference hosting participants from 11 counties is organized by the U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG) with ...
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Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord (June 1)

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Open World welcomes Delegation of Museum Curators from Georgia (May 31)

Open World welcomes Delegation of Museum Curators from Georgia (May 31) Open World Leadership Center welcomes a delegation of five museum curators from Georgia for a 10-day professional program. After an orientation in Washington, D.C., delegates will be hosted by the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore, MD from June 3-11. Throughout the program, delegates ...
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Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the 2nd Anniversary of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC)

Q-n about the delivery of new weapons to Georgia and the level of U.S. – Georgia cooperation over the last two years Ambassador Kelly: I arrived here, I think as you know, almost two years ago and I have seen the Center grow from just an idea to an actual functioning training center; and it ...
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Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad (May 30)

Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad (May 30) Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 30, 2017 We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent barbaric attacks carried out by ISIS terrorists in Baghdad. These brutal attacks, whose victims included innocent children breaking the Ramadan fast and elderly Iraqis collecting their pensions, ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan (May 26)

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan (May 26) On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that ...
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Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Attack in Egypt (May 26)

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Attack in Egypt (May 26) Terrorists are engaged in a war against civilization, and it is up to all who value life to confront and defeat this evil. This merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt tears at our hearts and grieves our souls. Wherever innocent blood is ...
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New York Times bestselling author Isaac Marion’s visit to Georgia (May 25)

New York Times bestselling author Isaac Marion’s visit to Georgia (May 25) The U.S. Embassy is proud to sponsor New York Times bestselling author Isaac Marion’s visit to Georgia as part of the Tbilisi International Festival of Literature. Mr. Marion will speak at the Writer’s House of Georgia on Tuesday, May 30 at 20:00. He will ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on Democracy and Governance (May 23)

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Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development Fact Sheet: FY 2018 Budget Request (May 23)

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at America-Georgia Business Council Conference (May 22)

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Senior US Government Officials Visit Georgia in Support of U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 22)

Senior US Government Officials Visit Georgia in Support of U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 22) From May 22-26, senior U.S. government officials are visiting Georgia to participate in the annual meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission (SPC) Democracy Working Group.  The goal of the meeting is to review progress on goals set at ...
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New Private Veterinarian Associations Deliver Essential Services for Improved Animal Health and Production in Georgia (May 15)

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DCM Nicholas Berliner’s Remark to Media at American Studies Conference (May 11)

DCM Nicholas Berliner’s Remark to Media at American Studies Conference (May 11) Question about the event DCM Nicholas Berliner: I am here for the opening of the annual American Studies conference here at Tbilisi State University. This is something that we gladly participate in every year. We have been looking back now at twenty-five years ...
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DCM Nicholas Berliner’s Remark to Media at Forum on the Current Challenges of the Judiciary System (May 11)

DCM Nicholas Berliner’s Remark to Media at Forum on the Current Challenges of the Judiciary System (May 11) Question about the criticism of judiciary system and the embassy’s position over the issue DCM Nicholas Berliner: The U.S. Embassy has been very engaged in the sector for many (many) years. We have supported this coalition of ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (May 10)

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia (May 10)

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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (May 8)

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The U.S. Embassy and Enterprise Georgia of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development Support Film Production in Georgia (May 5)

The U.S. Embassy and Enterprise Georgia of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development Support Film Production in Georgia (May 5) The United States Embassy in Tbilisi invited production manager Rebeca Rivo to lead a crash course on film production management in Tbilisi on May 8-12, 2017. Ms. Rivo works for Netflix, Sony Pictures, Universal ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (May 5)

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Statement on Russia, Turkey, and Iran’s De-Escalation Zones Plan for Syria (May 4)

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World Press Freedom Day (May 3)

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation (May 2)

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USDA Supports Georgian Ministry of Agriculture on Wheat Yield Projections (April 20 – 24)

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Charge d’affaires Nicholas Berliner’s media engagement at Public Defender’s 20th Anniversary (April 19)

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Statement on Syria Bombing (April 15)

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America Days 2017

America Days 2017 Tbilisi  25 Years of the US – Georgia Partnership: A Shared Past, A Shared Future! April 18 – 24 Exhibit of movie memorabilia Collection of movie memorabilia shows the footprints of the journey to create the magic of Hollywood. Art Palace, Ia Kargareteli street#6 The exhibit runs from April 18-24 April 22 ...
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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)

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DCM Nicholas Berliner’s Media engagement at the Parliament in Kutaisi following President Margvelashvili’s Speech (April 7)

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

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United States Condemns Illegitimate Elections and Referenda in Georgia’s Occupied Territories (April 7)

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Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson (April 4)

Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Statement by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson (April 4) Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 4, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone. There are reports ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on chemical attack in Syria (April 4)

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on chemical attack in Syria (April 4) Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama ...
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Background Briefing on the Effort to Defeat ISIS (April 4)

Background Briefing on the Effort to Defeat ISIS (April 4) Senior State Department Official Via Teleconference Washington, DC April 4, 2017 MODERATOR: Thank you very much, and thanks to all the participants who joined us this afternoon. This is a on-background conference call with [Senior State Department Official]. Just a reminder of our ground rules: ...
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The United States Condemns the Attack in St. Petersburg, Russia (April 3)

The United States Condemns the Attack in St. Petersburg, Russia (April 3) Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 3, 2017 The United States condemns today’s reprehensible attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro system. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and our thoughts ...
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Helsinki Commission Statement on Territorial Integrity of Georgia (March 30)

Helsinki Commission Statement on Territorial Integrity of Georgia (March 30) WASHINGTON—Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and Ranking Commissioner Senator Ben Cardin (MD) today introduced a Senate resolution supporting the territorial integrity of the nation of Georgia. “The Russian government has tried to undermine Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity for far too long,” said ...