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

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

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CDA Rood attends the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report (January 20)

CDA Rood attends the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report (January 20)   Today, CDA Elizabeth Rood attended the presentation of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee’s annual report which highlighted several areas where the Parliamentary Committee achieved real progress with support from the U.S. government. These areas of cooperation included children’s rights, …

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

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

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Securing Greater Religious Freedom Around the World (January 17)

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

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This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)

This Week in Iran Policy, January 13–17 (January 17)   “President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ‒ against the Islamic Republic. In strategic terms, deterrence simply means persuading the other party that the costs of a specific behavior exceed its benefits. It requires credibility; …

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Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)

Ambassador Degnan’s swearing-in remarks (January 16)   Thank you, U/S Hale, for those generous remarks. Some of my most memorable FS moments come from my time on P Staff, so I feel honored to have you – “P”, the U/S for Political Affairs — here today to administer the oath. I’d like to give a …

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

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

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of a Newly Renovated School in Kveshi (January 15)

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of a Newly Renovated School in Kveshi (January 15)   On January 15, 11:00 am, the ribbon-cutting ceremony of a newly renovated public school will take place in the village Kveshi, located near the Administrative Boundary Line.  CDA Elizabeth Rood, Governor Giorgi Khojevanishvili, Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Mayor …

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

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

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

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

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Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participates in Global Startup Labs Opening at Business and Technology University (January 9)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participates in Global Startup Labs Opening at Business and Technology University (January 9) On January 9, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participated in the Global Startup Labs Opening at Business and Technology University to strengthen cooperation between Georgian and U.S. universities and promote STEAM education through Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Global Startup Labs (GSL) Program. Chargé d’Affaires …

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Remarks by President Trump on Iran (January 8)

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

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Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS 752 (January 8)

Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS 752 (January 8) The U.S. Department of State extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the 176 passengers and crew killed in the tragic crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS 752. The United States will continue to follow this incident closely and stands prepared to offer Ukraine …

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Iranian Strikes in Iraq (January 8)

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

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

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

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

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

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Senior State Department Officials On U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria (December 30)

Senior State Department Officials On U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria (December 30)   MODERATOR:  Hey, everybody.  Thanks for joining us.  Happy New Year, happy 2020.  I have a couple of people that all of you know very well.  On the phone, we have [Senior State Department Official One], [Senior State Department Official Two], and …

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

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

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Statement after meeting in Washington (December 23)

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

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili (December 20)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili (December 20)   The government of the United States does not recognize as legitimate the de facto authorities in the occupied region of South Ossetia, nor does it recognize as legitimate today’s sentencing of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashivili. We again call on the de facto authorities, and …

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

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

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Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (December 20)

Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (December 20) The U.S. Embassy is pleased to share the news that the U.S. Senate has confirmed by unanimous consent Kelly C. Degnan’s nomination to become Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia.  Ambassador-Designate Degnan will take her oath of …

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Human Rights and the Iranian Regime (December 19)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in Iran Policy (December 13)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Human Rights Day 2019

International Human Rights Day 2019 Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights . The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested …

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

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

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International Anticorruption Day (December 9)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6)

First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6) This week the first shipment of high-quality U.S. wheat arrived in Poti under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program. Georgian companies can now buy U.S. Hard Red Winter Wheat in Georgia and explore new ingredient options for high-quality bread and pastries. The …

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

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

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This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6 (December 6)

This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6 (December 6)   “Our role…is to support freedom wherever we are able to do so, to create transparency so that the world can see. In Iran, the reporting indicates that there are several hundred people who have been killed by the security forces, thousands detained inside of Iran, …

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

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

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CDA Rood meets Civil Society in Kutaisi (December 5)

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

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

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

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CDA Rood’s Remarks to the media at the International Black Sea University (December 2)

CDA Rood’s Remarks to the media at the International Black Sea University (December 2) q-n about the event This is the 12th annual American Cities Conference of the International Black Sea University, and it is such a wonderful opportunity for experts in this field to discuss the latest research and developments having to with the …

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CDA Rood’s comment to media after the meeting between the opposition and the ruling party (November 30)

CDA Rood’s comment to media after the meeting between the opposition and the ruling party (November 30)   Q-n: about the details of the dialogue that has just finished, of the ruling party considers the German model complies with the Georgian constitution CDA Rood: This morning, before this meeting started, I said that we hoped …

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

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

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U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)

U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)   The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia — the first since 2016. The United States is committed to working with our …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood visiting Kharagauli (November 26)

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

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U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)

U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)   The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. has won the first-ever regulatory approval of a vaccine against the Ebola virus, a major boon in the fight against the deadly disease. The European Commission’s November 10 decision granting a significant step toward full approval of …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Culture for Canines (November 21)

Culture for Canines (November 21) On November 21, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted Culture for Canines, a fundraiser for the Dog Organization of Georgia (DOG). The acclaimed Balada trio and their conductor Nana Kalandadze, Juilliard-trained pianist David Aladashvili, and jazz singer Maia Baratashvili serenaded guests in a stellar concert followed auctions to raise funds for …

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Honoring the Heroes in the 1979 Attack on the U.S. Embassy Islamabad (November 20)

Honoring the Heroes in the 1979 Attack on the U.S. Embassy Islamabad (November 20) Forty years ago, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked and nearly burned to the ground by a violent group of protesters.  Today, we honor the four members of the Embassy team killed in that tragic event:  two Americans – …

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

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

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 5th Annual Meeting on Hep C (November 19)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 5th Annual Meeting on Hep C (November 19) Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  With the help of the United States, Georgian health authorities have made extraordinary progress towards eradicating hepatitis C here in Georgia.  At today’s meeting, experts from different parts of the world are coming …

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Joint Maritime Operations Center Interagency Council Meeting (November 18)

Joint Maritime Operations Center Interagency Council Meeting (November 18) On November 18, Charge d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood met with members of the Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) Interagency Council to discuss progress and encourage support for the future development of the JMOC.  The JMOC is an interagency coordination center for early detection, identification, and response to maritime threats …

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) (November 18)

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) (November 18) On November 18 Acting DCM Jason Kalbfleisch met with aspiring and established entrepreneurs as he kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).  The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) of Georgia, supported by the U.S. Embassy has created a week of programming around the country, including promoting entrepreneurship among youth and women …

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Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (November 17)

Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (November 17) The Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia recognize the deep disappointment of a wide segment of Georgian society at the failure of Parliament to …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Embassy to Fund First Phase of Jvari Monastery’s Conservation Works (November 12)

On November 12, the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi will announce funding for a project focused on the conservation of damaged stones on the facades of the Major Church at Jvari Monastery.  Funding for the project was made available by a grant through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The $100,000 project will be implemented by …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Kalbfleisch’s comments to media at U.S. Education Fair Tbilisi (October 30)

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Kalbfleisch’s comments to media at U.S. Education Fair Tbilisi (October 30)   Q-n about U.S. Education Fair A/DCM Jason Kalbfleisch: We are very excited today to have 16 American universities here. I think it is a great opportunity for Georgian students and for the United States. The U.S. Embassy …

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

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

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

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

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International Religious Freedom Day (October 27)

International Religious Freedom Day (October 27)   Freedom of religion is a cherished American value and a fundamental freedom. The Founding Fathers understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation, but as the unalienable birthright of human beings. Today, we commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), landmark legislation …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Remarks at Millennium Innovations Awards (October 26)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Remarks at Millennium Innovations Awards (October 26)   Question about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to join Deputy Minister of Education Irine Abuladze, Millennium Foundation Chef Executive Magda Maghradze, representatives of the U.S Embassy, and partners from the government and private sector to launch the Sixth Annual …

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Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood Comment to Media at the Reception on USS Porter (October 24)

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood Comment to Media at the Reception on USS Porter (October 24)   CDA Rood: It is my honor to welcome the USS Porter crew in Batumi today. We look forward to increasing relations between the United States and Georgia in matters of Black Sea security. The USS Porter’s visit is the …

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The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

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

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The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

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

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

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

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Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at USAID Elections and Political Processes Program (October 18)

Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at USAID Elections and Political Processes Program (October 18) q-n about the new 14$ million USAID project aimed to empowered citizens for responsive politics Elections and Political Processes program Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia is standing at a very important moment in its democratic development because the anticipated move …

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Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)

Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)   On October 17, the United States government, through USAID/Georgia, invested $1,600,000 in a five-year program to preserve and protect Georgia’s national parks while generating economic opportunities. The USAID National Parks and Ecotourism Program (NPE) will support Georgia’s Journey to Self-Reliance by transitioning the operation …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at EPAG’s 5th Anniversary (October 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at EPAG’s 5th Anniversary (October 8)   Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Of all the diplomatic tools the United States has for strengthening and deepening the strategic partnership between the United States and Georgia, probably the most powerful, and the most effective, is our exchange programs, …

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

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

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The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2)

The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2) The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Georgia, is working to improve the quality of governance in the country. Democracy flourishes when government agencies are transparent, accountable, and effective. The government of the United States, through USAID’s Good Governance Initiative, supports …

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

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

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at National Day of China (September 27)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at National Day of China (September 27)   Q-n about the national day of China CDA Rood:  The United States is happy to congratulate China on its national day, and we hope that Georgia’s relations with China, as well as with many friends and partners, will contribute to regional …

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

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

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

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

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

The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24) In western Georgia, the hazelnut sector is represented by small farmers who face barriers to producing consistently high-quality crops, mostly due to a lack of handling services after the harvest. Unfortunately, the industry’s current drying capacity is less than ten percent of the annual …

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

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

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

U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)   In a failed attempt to disrupt the global economy, the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This act of aggression was sophisticated in its planning and brazen in its execution. Regardless of transparent attempts to shift …

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Providing Custom-Built Wheelchairs for Georgian Army Veterans (September 20)

Providing Custom-Built Wheelchairs for Georgian Army Veterans (September 20) On September 20, Georgian veteran-owned company provided custom-built wheelchairs to Georgian veterans to help them gain the mobility and independence they need to readapt and thrive in civilian life. These chairs are built by Georgian veterans who have first-hand knowledge of the needs of their fellow …

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Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood Media Remarks on the sidelines of Black Sea 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting (September 17)

Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood Media Remarks on the sidelines of the Black Sea 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting (September 17)   q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy in Tbilisi is very pleased to be a sponsor of the 2nd Black Sea Regional Steering Committee of the Container Control Program of the …

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Condemning Taliban Violence (September 17)

Condemning Taliban Violence (September 17)   The United States condemns the recent Taliban attacks on the people, institutions, and infrastructure of Afghanistan. Just today, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack carried out by a suicide bomber in Kabul that killed more than 20 Afghans.  They also claimed responsibility for a blast in …

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International Day of Democracy (September 15)

International Day of Democracy (September 15)   On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A vibrant, diverse, and independent civil society is …

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

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks (September 11) The passage of time will never diminish the magnitude of the loss or the courage, compassion, strength, and unity displayed during one of America’s darkest hours. The horrific events of that September morning shook America, Georgia, and its friends and allies …

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

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Department of State‘s 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony (September 11)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning.  I’m very proud to remember this day with my State Department family.  As Abraham Lincoln once said, that the “silent artillery of time” erodes the memory of important things.  So I’m thankful you are all here …

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

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

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

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker’s Opening Remarks at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 9)   Thank you all for coming, and thank you to Georgia and the Georgian people and the government, for a very warm welcome here and particularly to the conference today. The McCain Institute is an organization I hold very close to …

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

Acting Assistant Secretary Phil Reeker’s press brief at the administrative boundary line near Odzisi (September 8)   Acting Assistant Secretary Phil Reeker:  Thank you all for coming today.  It is an honor for me to be able to visit Georgia, to see the great progress this country has made.  The United States has a long …

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

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker visits the Administrative Boundary Line near the village Odzisi (September 8) Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker expresses his concern about de facto authorities’ repeated threats to close ABL crossing points for “indefinite” periods of time following a briefing by Georgian officials while …

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

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker Travels to Germany and Georgia (September 5)   Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Germany and Georgia September 6-10 to engage in several key events and meet with senior leaders. On September 6, Ambassador Reeker will stop in Munich and meet with the team …

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

Kelly C. Degnan of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia (September 4) Ms. Degnan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Political Advisor to the Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe – the United States Naval Forces Africa. Previously, she was Deputy Chief …

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

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts (September 3)   Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Peter M. Haymond of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.  Mr. Haymond is …

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New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)

New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)   Today, the Department of State designated the Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes under Executive Order (E.O.) 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD delivery systems and their supporters – the first time the United States is publicly …

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

Military Buildup in the Russian-occupied Georgian region of South Ossetia (August 30) The United States is monitoring reports of military buildup near the administrative boundary line (ABL) of the Russian-occupied Georgian region of South Ossetia.  We call on all sides to avoid escalation and work through the European Monitoring Mission hotline and the Geneva International …

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

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

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This Week in Iran Policy (August 26-30)

This Week in Iran Policy (August 26-30)   DESIGNATION OF INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES LINKED TO IRANIAN PROCUREMENT NETWORKS UNDER E.O. 13382 “Today, the U.S. sanctioned entities responsible for moving over $1 million worth of proliferation-sensitive electronic parts and aluminum alloys for the Iranian regime. U.S. pressure will continue until the regime changes course.” – Secretary …

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Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia (August 26)

Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia (August 26) Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called ‘presidential elections’ held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region by the de facto authorities in Sokhumi …

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The Department of State’s Statement on “borderization” in Georgia (August 21)

The Department of State’s Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus at the Department’s Press Briefing on August 21 commented about “borderization” in Georgia (August 21) On to Georgia. The United States is troubled by reports that Russian-backed de facto authorities have resumed the installation of fencing on Georgian territory near the administrative boundary line of the Russian-occupied Georgian region …

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World Humanitarian Day (August 19)

World Humanitarian Day (August 19) Michael R. Pompeo SECRETARY OF STATE Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the tireless efforts of humanitarian workers, who every day risk their personal safety on behalf of people whose lives are disrupted when crises hit. We applaud the commitment of humanitarian aid workers who persist despite the dangers, …

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Construction of a new Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani (August 18)

Construction of a new Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani (August 18)   “A new Rehabilitation Center is being constructed in Tserovani for our hero soldiers who were wounded while fighting to protect the territorial integrity of Georgia and during international military operations. This will be the only center in our region complying with the highest standards …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media (August 16)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media (August 16)   q-n about recent events in Gugutiantkari Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: The United States government is deeply troubled by the news that the Russian backed authorities in South Ossetia have resumed building fencing at the village of Gugutiantkari. This is a very negative development, it harms security in …

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U.S. Embassy statement on borderization in the village of Gugutiantkari (August 15)

U.S. Embassy statement on borderization in the village of Gugutiantkari (August 15)   The U.S. Embassy is troubled by reports that Russian-backed de-facto authorities have resumed the installation of fencing at the village of Gugutiantkari, near the Administrative Boundary Line of the Russian-occupied Georgian territory of South Ossetia. The process of “borderization” is a threat …

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Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)

Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)   The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace I. The IRGC has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by …

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The new Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency (August 14)

The new Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency (August 14)   Zurab Sanikidze,  U.S. Embassy’s  IVLP program participant and a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance, was appointed as a Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency. Congratulations to one of our distinguished alumni on this …

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11th Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia (August 8)

11th Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia (August 8) It has been eleven years since Russia’s military invasion of Georgia, when hundreds were killed or injured and over 190,000 civilians were displaced.   For many, the impact of the conflict continues: livelihoods remain destroyed, families remain separated, freedom of movement has not been restored, and property has not …

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CDA Elisabeth Rood visits Tserovani (August 7)

CDA Elisabeth Rood visits Tserovani (August 7) “In the 11 years since the Russian invasion of Georgia, each of these houses has come to tell a story of loss – the loss of families, friends, homes, and loved ones. But they also tell stories of courage, friendship, and the resilience of people and the country …

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Imposition of a Second Round of Sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act (August 2)

Imposition of a Second Round of Sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act (August 2)   Today, pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act), the United States is announcing a second round of sanctions on Russia for its use …

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WRAIR Externship Graduation Ceremony (July 31)

WRAIR Externship Graduation Ceremony On July 31, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research hosted a graduation ceremony for externs who concluded the three-week program. Both Ana Kuchuashvili and Ani Rukhadze are San Diego State University – Georgia students who were selected from a highly competitive pool of STSU/TSU applicants. The students were instructed on the …

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Police Academy Hosts Training on Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigation (July 28)

Police Academy Hosts Training on Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigation The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) International Counter Proliferation Program (ICP) organized a training course on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Crime Scene Operations (CSO) at the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.  The course enhanced Georgian government …

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The U.S. Embassy Statement on Criminal Charges Against TBC Bank Co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze (July 25)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on Criminal Charges Against TBC Bank Co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze We are closely following developments related to the criminal charges the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has filed against TBC Bank co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze. We are concerned about the context and timing of these charges. An impartial …

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Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18)

Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18) Michael R. Pompeo SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States designated 12 entities and individuals based in Iran, Belgium, and China that are linked to the nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities of the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company – known by its Persian acronym, …

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Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at GDRP Live-fire (July 16)

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at GDRP Live–fire (July 16)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  One of the most important parts of the U.S. – Georgia partnership in the military and security sphere is the Georgia Defense Readiness Program and this year’s training is taking place within this program.  In the …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (July 12)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference  Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: I congratulate Georgia on hosting the 16th conference on Georgia’s European Way.  This conference also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Georgia’s participation in the Eastern Partnership with the European Union.  It is a good time …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media on the sidelines of the 16th annual conference on Georgia’s European Way in Batumi (July 11)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media on the sidelines of the 16th annual conference on Georgia’s European Way in Batumi (July 11) q-n about the conference and the importance of diversifying markets for Georgia in the  light of recent events Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  Well, we congratulate Georgia on convening this 16th annual conference on Georgia’s …

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

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Family Picnic Celebrating Independence Day Jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce (July 6)   Q-n about the celebration of the grounds of the U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: We are very happy today to be celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the United States of America with …

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

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

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Independence Day Celebration Organized by American Friendship Club (July 4)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Independence Day Celebration Organized by American Friendship Club (July 4)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: it is a great pleasure to join with Friends of the United States’ in Georgia to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of America’s independence. July 4th is a very important …

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Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Reception (July 3)

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Reception   Q-n: about the 4th of July Reception Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood: It is a great pleasure to celebrate tonight the 243rd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America, and it is a special honor and pleasure to celebrate …

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 Kicks Off in Ukraine (July 1)

Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 Kicks Off in Ukraine (July 1) ODESA, Ukraine — Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odesa, Ukraine, July 1. Sea Breeze, now in its 19th iteration, will run through July 12 and is designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security by focusing on …

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Maduro Dictatorship Tortures Opponent to Death (June 30)

Maduro Dictatorship Tortures Opponent to Death (June 30) U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson June 30, 2019 The United States condemns the killing and torture of Capitan de Corbeta Rafael Acosta Arévalo, a Venezuelan Naval Officer, who died while in the custody of Maduro’s thugs and their Cuban …

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International Youth Soccer Players Celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup During Sports Diplomacy Exchange Program in the United States (June 28)

International Youth Soccer Players Celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup During Sports Diplomacy Exchange Program in the United States (June 28)   Approximately 75 youth female soccer players and their coaches from 13 countries will travel to New Jersey from June 29 – July 13, 2019, as part of a Bureau of Educational and Cultural …

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

Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran (June 24)   Today, the White House issued an Executive Order sanctioning the Supreme Leaders Office and authorizing further sanctions on those associated with it. This action was taken as part of the Administrations maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime, …

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Joint Statement on Tbilisi Pride decision to postpone “March of Dignity” (June 22)

Joint Statement on Tbilisi Pride decision to postpone “March of Dignity” (June 22)   We welcome the decision by the organizers of Tbilisi Pride to postpone the “March of Dignity” planned for 22 June 2019. Participation in peaceful demonstrations of this sort is an expression of every person’s fundamental human right to freedom of expression …

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Statement on Iranian Disinformation (June 22)

Statement on Iranian Disinformation (June 22)   Iran’s leaders know the truth is a dangerous thing. It is important to correct the record. First, President Trump did not pass a message through Oman calling for talks with Iran. We have made our position abundantly clear. We are willing to engage when the time is right. …

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Former DCM Nicolas Berliner’s Remarks to Media at MCC Closing Gala (June 21)

Former DCM Nicolas Berliner’s Remarks to Media at MCC Closing Gala (June 21)   Q-n: how would you assess yesterday’s events? Nicolas Berliner: We were obviously very concerned seeing those events.  I think, first of all, it’s important to know that violence is unacceptable, and then second that there needs to be dialogue here in …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood at Diplomat Discussion Series (June 15)

CDA Elizabeth Rood at Diplomat Discussion Series (June 15) Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to meet the open media group today and colleagues from my embassy, and from the Georgian parliament, in this discussion for students and young professionals. We plan to discuss our partnership, our cooperation in the areas of economy, …

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Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (June 13)

Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (June 13) The U.S. Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia welcome the final draft legislation on the “fourth wave” of judicial reforms as a result of a broad consensus achieved in the working group composed of different actors, including the international community, civil …

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Statements to the Press With Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze As Part of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission (June 11)

Statements to the Press With Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze As Part of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission (June 11)   SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s my pleasure to be with you here today. Mr. Prime Minister, you’re concluding a week of travel here across the United States. You told me you’re headed to …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze (June 11)

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze (June 11) Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and formally opened the  10th anniversary plenary of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission .  They discussed Georgia’s partnership with NATO, cooperation on issues of regional security, and reforms necessary for Georgia to ensure the rule of law and fair …

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

Joint Declaration on the U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (June 11)   Today, on June 11, 2019, and in recognition of the 10th anniversary of our Charter on Strategic Partnership, the United States and Georgia reaffirm our commitment to the U.S. – Georgia strategic partnership and the core principles of our friendship. Since 2009, the …

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The U.S. Embassy Statement on de facto “elections” in Georgia’s South Ossetia Region (June 10)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on de facto “elections” in Georgia’s South Ossetia Region The United States does not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called parliamentary elections held in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on June 9, and will not acknowledge their outcome. Our position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains clear: these regions are integral parts …

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