U.S. Embassy INL Office hosted Basic Traffic Crash Investigation Skills Seminar

The U.S. Embassy INL office hosted three officers from the Illinois State Police to teach Basic Traffic Crash Investigation skills to the investigators of the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA), as well as instructors from the MOIA Academy and forensics experts. Illinois State Police trained a total of 45 Georgian …

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Celebrating Law Enforcement Day

The United States Embassy in Tbilisi is proud to partner with the Government of Georgian to announce the Children’s Joint Georgian Law Enforcement and First Responder Day!  Today, we host more than a hundred students as we demonstrate our appreciation for 30 years of security partnership and promote citizen safety and security.

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Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz’ Remarks at the Prosecution Service of Georgia

Let me say first what a great honor it was to meet with the Prosecutor General and to be able to celebrate together 30 years of cooperation between our two countries, and in particular the cooperation between the United States Department of Justice and the Prosecutor General’s Office here. This is a very important relationship …

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Inter-Ministerial Collaboration Course Hosted by the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and Georgian Ministry of Defense

This week the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and Georgian Ministry of Defense are hosting an Inter-Ministerial Collaboration Course for representatives of numerous Georgian ministries, agencies, and local municipalities. This course is the latest in a series of symposiums and working groups dedicated to increasing whole of government resilience and inter-governmental collaboration in preparation for …

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Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program Strengthens Azerbaijan and Georgia’s Border Enforcement Capacities

From September 12-16, EXBS Subject Matter Experts conducted a Commercial Motor Vehicle Interdiction (CMVI) training for 24 Azerbaijan and Georgian Customs officials. The workshop focused on U.S. best practices in vehicle inspection to detect hidden compartments where illicit commodities can be stored. The workshop provided an opportunity for both customs agencies to develop a stronger …

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Georgian and Armenian Cyber Units Work Together to Prevent Drug Distribution over the Dark Net

US Embassy DEA Office worked with the Armenian Dark Net Unit within the Armenian Police to facilitate work with the Georgian Central Criminal Police Dark Net Unit and learn about casework, utilization of various databases, and investigative techniques.  The visit was geared toward establishing strong cooperation between the two units to better combat and dismantle …

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Office of Defense Cooperation handover of newly upgraded Ammunition Storage Infrastructure

Today the US Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation in partnership with the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, Golden West, and Delta completed phase one of the ammunition storage infrastructure upgrades for the Georgian Defense Forces. This 1.5 million USD project included the renovation of the explosive storehouse, two utility vehicles, one telehandler, a perimeter fence, …

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INL supports the development of female law enforcement officers in Georgia

The U.S. Embassy and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) are proud to support the development of female law enforcement officers in Georgia. This week, we are supporting the participation of eleven female law enforcement representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Investigative Service of the Ministry of Finance, and the …

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United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Georgia: Bilateral Effort in Cooperation for the Safe Maintenance of Hazardous Materials

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many former states, including Georgia, were left to deal with stockpiles of potentially hazardous materials: nuclear, chemical, and biological.  Since 1992, the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has been working with its partners across the Georgian government to institute enhanced capacity for the safe storage, handling, …

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US Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Regional Court in Ambrolauri

We believe that when a judge is armed with the tools and knowledge needed to uphold the rule of law, a country can strengthen its democracy. This is why we put great effort into providing Georgian judges with educational and professional exchange opportunities. When visiting regions, it is important for Ambassador Degnan to meet local …

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Georgia, USA Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) Table Top Exercise

The United States is helping build the resilience of first responders of Racha.  The recent forest fires in Borjomi and Ambrolauri have shown the importance of interagency cooperation.  During Ambassador Degnan’s recent visit, she attended the Racha Regional Response Exercise (GEMA) supported by the State of Georgia Emergency Management Agency and National Guard Soldiers, where …

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US Ambassador Kelly Degnan observes High Angle Rescue Training

Have you ever thought about the variety of education and skills first responders need?  High-angle rescue is only one aspect of their work, and because of Georgia’s terrain, it is also a very important one. It is always a pleasure to share our knowledge and experience with Georgia’s Emergency Management Service. Today Ambassador Degnan attended …

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Ambassador Degnan Visits Tchrebalo Winery/Restaurant

The United States supports Georgian women entrepreneurs.  Today, Ambassador Degnan visited Tchrebalo Winery which has opened a new restaurant with U.S. support. Ambassador took a tour of the facilities and met with the owners, Salome and Sofia Lekishvili. To improve customer experience and attract new visitors to the winery, USAID’s Economic Security Program helped the …

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The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package Core Team Discusses Crisis Management Initiative

The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) aims to strengthen Georgia’s ability to defend itself and advance in its preparations for NATO membership. Since its endorsement by NATO Heads of State and Government, relevant representatives have been working together to further Georgia’s defense capabilities, increase its interoperability with NATO, and support Georgia’s integration in the alliance. This …

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The 6th Batumi Summer University 2022 – Nuclear Security after Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: New Challenges and Risks

The impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the nuclear security and nonproliferation order was the primary debate topic of the 6th Batumi Summer University on Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation Issues. Discussions were centered on the conflict’s consequences for national, regional, and global security. Internationally renowned academics and researchers have been lecturing and facilitating debates …

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Trial Judges from the Country of Georgia Visit Cobb Superior Court

Six trial judges from Georgia visited Cobb Superior Court the week of August 15, 2022, to observe jury trials and study our judicial process. The visit marks the post-pandemic resumption of a cooperative effort that has been ongoing since 2017 between the Georgian judiciary, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement …

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Marine Attaché Colonel James Thompson’s Remarks at the Ministry of Defense Briefing on Exercise Noble Partner 2022

Exercise Noble Partner is a continuing series of exercises that show the interoperability between U.S., Georgian forces, and multinational allies and partners.  It’s important to have Noble Partner this year to show our resolve together: to train, be prepared, and, as steel sharpens steel, together, allied forces learn from Georgians and Georgians learn from allies, and …

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USDA and Fresno State University Create Integrated Pest Management Modules for Georgia

For decades, the U.S. Government has closely partnered with Georgia’s agricultural sector. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), alongside with partners from Fresno State University and Farmers of the Future officially launched new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) modules developed by and specifically for Georgian government agencies, universities, and research institutions, and the private sector. …

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USAID and Ministry of Education of Georgia Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia offers exciting possibilities that benefit Georgians throughout the country. Everyone agrees educating future generations is one key to a better future–and that’s why our latest example of cooperation is the signing of a memorandum of understanding between USAID and the Ministry of Education and Science. We will be working together …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited Ilia Chavchavadze Museum

The concept of “Founding Fathers” is near and dear to American’s hearts. In this country, Ilia Chavchavadze is considered the founding father of modern Georgia. His multifaceted work and rich legacy inspires admiration and pride throughout the nation, and it brings our Mission great pride to know that 30 years of U.S.-Georgia partnership was founded …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan met Mtskheta-Mtianeti Regional Police Officials, Governor, and Mayor

Cooperation with local government and law enforcement agencies is incredibly important for the success of the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership. Throughout this country, including in Mtskheta-Mtianeti, we conduct numerous programs which require the involvement or support of the local government and law enforcement. Today Ambassador Degnan met with the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Governor, Mayor, and the officials of …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Georgia is rich with cultural heritage, and through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the U.S. Embassy has worked with our Georgian partners to preserve and restore some of this country’s most important religious and cultural sites. Whether on official or private visits, we always find time to explore these Georgian treasures. During the Ambassador’s …

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U.S. Embassy Supported Exercise for Georgian Security Partners

This Joint Maritime Operations Center Table Top Exercise (JMOC TTX) facilitated by DTRA’s International Counterproliferation Program, brought together Georgia’s maritime-oriented interagency on 8-11 August to collaboratively respond to port and coastal security scenarios. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S Defense Threat Reduction Agency worked shoulder to shoulder at various locations along Georgia’s …

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Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE Fourteen years ago today, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia.  As we have done since 2008, we remember those killed and injured by Russian forces.  For decades, the citizens of Georgia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have lived under Russian occupation and tens of thousands have been displaced, persecuted, and impoverished.  Lives …

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U.S. Embassy Organized Forensic Training for Georgian Investigators

Last week, U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) organized training on crime scene management and evidence handling techniques for investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. This two-day interactive training was led by American and Georgian forensic experts. Training participants were introduced to the general rules of crime scene management …

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U.S. Embassy Facilitates Discussions to Combat Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

Last week International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi hosted the first multi-disciplinary group roundtable meeting to discuss how to improve Georgia’s efforts in combating domestic and gender-based violence. Domestic violence/gender-based violence requires a comprehensive approach. Consequently, the multidisciplinary group was composed of various sections of the Ministry of …

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Ambassador Degnan meets with Upper Svaneti Metropolitan and Bishop of Poti

Georgia and the United States share a strong faith tradition, spirit of religious tolerance and appreciation for cultural diversity. In Samegrelo—Zemo Svaneti, Ambassador Degnan met religious leaders and shared the Embassy’s deep respect for the Georgian Orthodox Church. For over two decades, we have partnered with the Georgian Orthodox Church to preserve Georgia’s unique culture …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Zugdidi District Court 

What promotes peace, stability, and shared prosperity? Rule of law and judicial independence. Ambassador Degnan and judges in Zugdidi discussed how the Embassy supports Georgia’s efforts to build an effective and trusted judiciary through programs like mentorships and training courses. The U.S. commitment to Georgia’s development and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations remains strong.

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ODC facilitates regional Emergency Preparedness Meeting

On Wednesday the Office of Defense Cooperation facilitated a virtual meeting between Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti regional and local leadership, Georgia National Guard, Emergency Management Agency of Georgia and State of Georgia National Guard and Georgia Emergency Management Agency on Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti Region’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities and requirements. This was an introductory meeting to prepare …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Media Development Fund Workshop for Youth in Tsalenjikha

In the digital age, we all must smartly consume information. Fake news and disinformation are favorite tools of malign actors seeking to sow confusion and create mistrust. With the Embassy’s longtime partner Media Development Fund, youth across Georgia have been empowered with media literacy. In Tsalenjikha, Ambassador Degnan met with youth to hear about the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Tsalenjhika Mayor’s Office

I’m very pleased to be here in Tsalenjhika today. It was a wonderful, warm welcome that we received when we arrived to meet with the mayor and the chair of the Sakrebulo. We had a very interesting discussion about the mayor and the chair of the Sakrebulo, his priorities, which are education, giving opportunities for …

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Judge Benjamin Studdard visits Georgia

The United States continues its strong support of Georgia’s judiciary. Last week, the U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice were honored to host Judge Benjamin Studdard, a senior U.S. judge from Atlanta, Georgia.  This is Judge Benjamin Studdard’s 8th trip to Georgia since 2017 to support judicial reform and development of Jury Trial Institute. Judge …

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Donating Equipment to Central Criminal Police Department of Georgia

As the Embassy continues to mark 30 years of U.S.- Georgia relations, we remain committed to supporting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia in their counternarcotic efforts.  This week, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) donated equipment to the Central Criminal Police Department (CCPD) …

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Ambassador Degnan Media Comments in Press Gaggle at the Sheraton

Question about Judge Lasha Chkhikvadze’s comment alleging U.S. Embassy interference in his decision on Nika Gvaramia’s case Ambassador Degnan:   Any suggestion that the United States was interfering in the judicial process here is, is simply not true.  We’ve spent years helping Georgia build an independent, impartial, transparent judiciary.  It is an essential pillar of …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USAID’s Digital Day in the Life

Question about the event  Ambassador Degnan:  I’m really excited to be here today for the launch of an initiative that is designed to promote tourism here in Georgia, high-value tourism, too. That creates good jobs. This is a partnership between the Ministry of Economy, the Georgian National Tourism Administration, USAID, and a stellar private sector …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at MOIA Police Academy

Ambassador Degnan:  I am delighted to be here at the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  I’ve just had a very impressive tour of the facility.  I am very proud of the partnership between the Police Academy and the U.S. Embassy—this is a 30-year partnership that has, every step of the way, supported …

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INL donates 15 computers to Juvenile Establishment #11

The U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) donated 15 computers to promote the educational process of juvenile convicts at the Penitentiary Establishment #11. INL has worked closely with the Vocational and Educational Training Center for Inmates (VETCI), the Special Penitentiary Service, and the National Probation Agency for …

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Export Control and Border Security Program (EXBS) Enhances Georgia’s Rapid Border Enforcement Response Capacity

From June 27 to July 1, an EXBS-funded team of twenty Customs and Border Protection security specialists conducted specialized training for twenty border guards from the Rapid Response Force (RRF). The training was a follow-up of the assessment carried out earlier in May on the Georgia Border Police’s (GBP) border response capabilities. It was focused …

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INL hosts Interrogation Skills to the instructors of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA)

From June 20 to July 1 the U.S. Embassy’s INL office is hosting 3 police officers from the Illinois State Police to teach Interview and Interrogation Skills to the instructors of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) Police Academy and investigators from MOIA and the Prosecutors Office.  Illinois State Police will train a total of …

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U.S. Government Supports Georgia’s Maritime Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Port Security Capabilities

This week, US Naval Forces Europe and US Naval Information Warfare Center-Pacific conducted an assessment of the two dive teams under operational control of Regional Operations-Poti and Regional Operations-Batumi, Coast Guard Department, Border Police of Georgia, in order to enhance maritime interoperability and border defense. The visit included initial evaluation of the Georgian Coast Guard …

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U.S. International DFC CEO Scott Nathan’s remarks to Media at American Hospital Tbilisi

CEO Nathan: I’m thrilled to be here today to tour the American Hospital in Tbilisi to see the tangible results of the support from the United States, from my agency, the Development Finance Corporation. Back in 2014, we committed $18 million in financing to help support this extremely important project, and today, here it is open …

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International Development Finance Corporation CEO Scott Nathan’s Remarks to Media at Gazelle Finance Event

CEO Nathan:  Well, I’m thrilled to be here in Georgia visiting this fantastic facility. I arrived just an hour ago at the airport and came straight here to Fruit Logistics so that we could celebrate not only the great investment that Gazelle Finance has made here in Georgia, but also our new memorandum supporting Ukrainian …

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Defense Threat Reduction Agency Donates $400k in CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Detection Equipment

DTRA’s International Counter Proliferation Program delivered CBRN equipment valued 400,000 USD to the Ministry of Internal Affairs Police Academy.  This CBRN detection, protection, and decontamination equipment will serve as training aids to support the Police Academy’s effort to institutionalize CBRN training into its national curriculum for police force first responders and CBRN specialists.  The Police …

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Office of Defense Cooperation Chief, Lieutenant Colonel Povilas Strazdas’ Farewell Remarks at the Ministry of Defense

I’ve had the pleasure of working in Georgia with the Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense for two years now. In that time, we’ve ended the Georgia Defense and Readiness Program and began the Georgia Defense Deterrence Enhancement Initiative. I think we have seen the cooperation between Georgia and the United States move to …

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Ambassador Degnan opened the new American Shelf in Khulo

Ambassador Degnan is visiting Adjara in celebration of the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Georgia relations. Today she toured Khulo and opened the new American Shelf, where anyone can come to learn more about the United States, practice English skills, and meet alumni of exchange programs. She also visited Kvirike mosque near Kobuleti, where she discussed religious …

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley’s Visit to Georgian Joint Maritime Operations Center

Today, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley from the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation visited Georgia’s Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) and met with JMOC Director, Commander Shota Mirotadze. JMOC is an interagency operations center that coordinates and shares information internally as well as with its international partners to proactively protect Georgia’s maritime space …

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley’s Visit to Georgian Border Police and Coast Guard

U.S.—Georgian security and defense cooperation is the cornerstone of our strategic partnership. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (A/DAS) Kathryn Insley from the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation met with officials from the Georgian Border Police and Coast Guard to reconfirm the American commitment to Georgia’s security, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  A/DAS Insley noted: “This visit …

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Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathryn Insley’s Remarks at the Joint Maritime Operations Center

I am visiting today to express our commitment to strengthening the bilateral cooperation between the United States and Georgia, and to observe firsthand the many ways the partnership between our two countries is making the Black Sea region more secure.  We are also exploring additional areas of collaboration between our two countries. We greatly appreciate …

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U.S. Government Supports Strengthening Cryptocurrency Prosecutions and Investigations of Georgia

U.S. Law Enforcement agencies represented in the Embassy have partnered to offer Cryptocurrency Seizure and Forfeiture Training to Georgian investigators and prosecutors by sharing our protocols and best practices. This training program further advances our work with Georgian law enforcement and the Prosecution Service of Georgia in drafting virtual currency seizure protocols for Georgia.   The …

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U.S. Secret Service Work with Georgian Counterparts on Training to Identify Counterfeit Currency

Source Representatives of the US Embassy Diplomatic Security Overseas Criminal Investigations Division and US Secret Service personnel paid a working visit to the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. During the visit, a meeting was held between the heads of the Investigation Service and their American colleagues. The guests got acquainted, with the …

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Crisis Negotiations Training for Georgian Law Enforcement Officers with Support from INL and FBI

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi conducted a Crisis Negotiations training May 16-20 for Georgian law enforcement officers with support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offices. Four FBI trainers from the United States who are experts in crisis negotiations led the training, which …

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U.S. Embassy INL hosted a Women’s Leadership Skills Development Training for Georgian Female Law Enforcement Professionals

The U.S. Embassy continues to support female empowerment in law enforcement by bringing specialized trainings to the regions of Georgia. On May 17-21, the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL) of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi hosted a Women’s Leadership Skills Development training for female law enforcement professionals in Batumi, Georgia. Representatives from the …

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Major General Thomas Carden and Senior Department of Defense Officials Visit Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti Region

Major General Thomas Carden, The Adjutant General – Georgia National Guard, and Senior Department of Defense Officials from the U.S. Embassy visited the Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti region. MG Carden spoke with local leaders about Resilience, Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), Crisis Management / Disaster Response, and support from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). GEMA …

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US Embassy handed over special security equipment to the Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States of America – Ryan Harker Harris, the Head of Regional Security of the Embassy – James Ullin and the Regional Security Officer – Maka Malatsidze visited the Security Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The guests presented the Department with special security equipment – …

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The Patrol Police Department Of The Ministry Of Internal Affairs Has Presented A Report On The Activities Of Recent Years

Source article The presentation of the report on the activities of the Patrol Police Department of recent years was held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The event was opened with a welcoming speech delivered by the Director of the Patrol Police Department – Vazha Siradze. The presentation of the report was attended by the Deputy Ministers of …

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INL and Georgian MOIA Representatives attended The International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice

With the support of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Bureau of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, five Victim and Witness Advocates of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MOIA) attended an International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice organized by End Violence Against Women International in San Francisco, California …

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DEA works with Georgian Law Enforcement to extradite fugitives

  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) fugitives Mohamad Yassine and Hassan Abdul Rahman have been extradited from Georgia to the United States. Yassine is the leader of a Lebanon-based money laundering organization used by criminal entities to launder drug proceeds around the world. In September 2021, DEA facilitated Yassine’s and Rahman’s arrest in Tbilisi International Airport …

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A Partnership Meeting between INL and VETCI

The U.S. Embassy supported a partnership meeting between the Vocational and Educational Training Center for Inmates (VETCI) and Georgia’s business sector representatives at Lopota Lake Resort on April 16-17, through the framework of the Corrections Development Program of Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). INL closely cooperates with VETCI to expand vocational …

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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 presidential elections held in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on April 10 and will not acknowledge their outcome. Our position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains clear: these regions are integral parts of Georgia.  No “elections” or a priori illegitimate “referendum” calling for incorporation of …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks at 30th Anniversary Concert

Mogesalmebit! Thank you for coming tonight to join us in marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia! We formally established diplomatic relations with Georgia on March 24, 1992. But America’s first diplomatic presence started over 100 years before that, in Batumi in 1890. Our long history of friendship between Americans …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Event Marking 30 Years of U.S. – Georgian Diplomatic Relations

We’re here today to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia. We’re very, very proud of what the United States and Georgia have been able to accomplish over the last 30 years. I see it everywhere I go when I travel around Georgia: in the schools that we built together …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Meeting with Minister of Defense Burchuladze

The United States and Georgia have a very strong, robust security relationship. The Minister and I today were discussing various ways that we are cooperating to strengthen Georgia’s ability to defend its borders and deter Russian aggression. It is a very important moment at a critical moment for all of our countries as Russia is …

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Ambassador Degnan visits U.S. Embassy-supported Joint Maritime Operations Center

Georgia’s Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) plays a critical role in Black Sea security and the integrity of Georgia’s maritime borders. Last week, Ambassador Degnan met Deputy Head of Border Police, Gocha Janjghava, and JMOC Director, Commander Shota Mirotadze to reiterate the United States’ commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  JMOC is an interagency …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited a milk processing factory in Village Siktarva

The United States, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service Food for Progress Program, supports Georgia in strengthening its dairy and beef sectors and food safety systems.  Today Ambassador Kelly Degnan visited a milk processing factory owned by Kakha Manjavidze in Village Siktarva, Terjola municipality, and observed how USDA assistance helped Kakha improve …

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US Embassy Improves Judicial Skills in Panel Discussion of US Study Tour Alumni

On Thursday, January 27, the Department of Justice Judicial Resident Legal Advisor (JRLA) hosted the fourth in a series of panel discussions of Georgian judge alumni of pre-pandemic study tours. In response to travel restrictions halting study tours, the JRLA instituted these panel discussions for Georgian judges to share their success stories using US practices …

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Amb. Degnan and Foreign Minister Zalkaliani’s Video Message Following a Telephone Call with European and Eurasian Bureau Assistant Secretary Donfried

“It is an honor to welcome Foreign Minister Zalkaliani to the U.S. Embassy this evening.  The Foreign Minister and I just finished consultations with Assistant Secretary Karen Donfried about our efforts to respond to Russia’s aggressive actions.  We discussed the high-level diplomacy that happened this week in Europe as we work with all our Allies …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at Ministry of Defense GDRP Closing Assessment

  I am here at the Ministry of Defense for the assessment by the Georgian Defense Forces and the Ministry of Defense on successes of the Georgian Defense Readiness Program, which is concluding after four years. This is an opportunity to look at all of the accomplishments that have been made in the course of …

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U.S. and Georgia Bolster Defense Cooperation

STUTTGART, Germany – Brig. Gen. Edward Vaughan, EUCOM’s Deputy Director for Partnering, Security Cooperation, and Space Capabilities, met with Georgian counterparts today in Tbilisi, Georgia to cap off the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) and begin the transition to the Georgia Defense and Deterrence Enhancement Initiative (GDDEI). GDRP, the first U.S. security cooperation effort to focus specifically on Georgia’s …

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US Embassy INL donates videoconference equipment to the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) continued its support to the Police Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs through a donation of video conferencing equipment, enhancing its capacities to provide training to all law enforcement officers around Georgia through its online platform. This timely implement, beyond delivering information, services and …

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Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Austin and Minister of Defense Buchuladze

Secretary Austin: Good Afternoon everyone and thank you for joining us. Let me start by thanking Minister Burchuladze for hosting me and for extending such a warm welcome on my first visit to Georgia as Secretary of Defense. I wanted to be in person here today because the United States values Georgia as a strong …

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9 ways USAID strengthens democracy [photo gallery]

The U.S. Agency for International Development works with countries and communities around the world to promote democracy and human rights, including advancing protections for the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia (above). This photo gallery captures some of the many ways USAID supports democracy. Programs in Serbia, Ukraine, Jordan, Iraq, Mongolia and Jamaica are highlighted in these …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the American Culture Center

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a fantastic new initiative, the American Culture Center that was launched today and designed to bring together Americans and Georgians, and show how much we have in common, how many initiatives we are doing together, and to look for new opportunities to continue this strong partnership. We are delighted to be able to …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of the Georgian Deployment Program

Major General Matiashvili, General King and Sergeant Major McDonald, Soldiers of the Georgian Defense Forces, and United States Marines. It is a great honor for me to be here today for the closing ceremony of the Georgia Deployment Program. The dedication of the Georgian Ministry of Defense and the Georgian Defense Forces is the main …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at FBI Law Enforcement Crisis Management Training

I’m very pleased to be here today for the conclusion of three-day training practicing crisis management. This was an opportunity to bring together Georgian and the United States law enforcement agencies to practice coordination for responding to a crisis. We all know that crises like natural disasters, or violent criminal incidents, or pandemics can come …

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World Humanitarian Day

Today we celebrate World Humanitarian Day by highlighting the great work of the Office of Defense Cooperation, which over the last two years, has administered over 30 humanitarian assistance projects with a total value of over 7 million USD. These projects were executed in seven regions of Georgia and include the following: – $500,000 in …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Concluding Ceremony of Agile Spirit 2021

Q-n about today’s event and the importance of this exercise for interoperability and defense capabilities. Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I am very honored to be here today for the successful conclusion of Agile Spirit 2021 military exercise. This is an important example of the shared values that Georgia has with its NATO allies and friends. We had …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of Georgia’s First Criminal Evidence Storage Facility

This is why we have exchange programs! Following a trip to the United States to learn more about evidence management, representatives from the Prosecution Service of Georgia built a modern evidence storage facility. This will improve the chain of custody of evidence in criminal cases according to international standards, bolstering public trust in the justice …

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Georgia – Javelin Missiles

Media/Public Contact pm-cpa@state.gov Transmittal No 21-48 WASHINGTON, August 3, 2021 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Georgia of Javelin Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $30 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Auto School highlighting USAID Yes-Georgia activity’s success

Nino Chanishvili’s auto school in Ozurgeti is a notable example of how the United States provides targeted assistance to Georgians in communities across the country. As a beneficiary of @USAIDGeorgia’s entrepreneurship support program which provides financing and training to women across Georgia, Nino has built a successful business and plans to expand by adding more …

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Opening English language lab for Batumi Maritime Academy

English language skills are essential for professionals working with international partners. This is especially true for service members participating in joint and multinational exercises. That’s why the United States helped establish English language labs in Poti and Batumi, which has trained members of the Georgia Coast Guard since 2011. Today we were happy to help …

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U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation Donation to Veteran’s Hospital

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Georgian Police Day

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USS Hamilton visits Batumi

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The INL has provided necessary equipment for road safety insurance to the Patrol Police Department

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Joint Statement of U.S. Army Europe and Africa and the Georgian Ministry of Defense

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Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live fire exercise

On 11 February 2021 at Vaziani training area, Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live-fire exercise, using recently delivered 100 MK19 grenade launchers and 200 M2 machine guns. These NATO-interoperable weapons, fielded in units from the platoon to battalion level, are part of a larger, $18M effort to outfit the Georgian Defense Forces with …

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On February 5, 2021, Brigadier General Joni Tatunashvili presided over the opening ceremony of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program (GDRP) at Vaziani Training Area.  GDRP, a three-month training, and readiness program, which includes unit-level training and live-fire exercises, will prepare the Georgian 22nd Infantry Battalion to conduct wartime missions in defense of their nation and …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center

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DTRA donates vehicles to Georgian Border Police

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Proliferation Prevention Program delivered six troop carriers, two 6000 liter fuel trucks, and seven Suzuki off-road vehicles to the Georgia Border Police to increase mobility to the remote border sectors. The equipment will enhance personnel access and enable fuel re-supply to remote border sectors in all weather conditions throughout the …

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United States Export Control and Border Security Program Recognizes Georgian Partners on International Customs Day

“Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain,” reads the slogan of this year’s International Customs Day.  In that spirit, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Export Control and Border Security celebrates its Georgian partners and the U.S.—Georgian strategic partnership. This year’s International Customs Day is dedicated to the united efforts of Customs to emerge …

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United States – Georgia Memorandum of Understanding on 5G Security

The following memorandum of understanding was adopted by the Governments of the United States of America and Georgia on January 14, 2021.   Begin Text:   Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Georgia declare their desire to strengthen cooperation on 5G. 5G will enable a …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Events at U.S. Capitol

The storming of the United States Capitol was shocking and the violent actions of those responsible completely intolerable. As Secretary Pompeo said, lawlessness and rioting are always unacceptable. Tests like this of our democratic process are a reminder to the world that democracy cannot be taken for granted; it requires vigilance and hard work, and …

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Food For Progress Highlights U.S.—Georgian Cooperation for a Stronger Economy

In continuation of the U.S. commitment to supporting Georgia through expert partnerships that build a sustainable, diverse economy, the ships Ocean Gladiator and Babuza Wisdom delivered 13,000 metric tons of wheat and 4,000 metric tons of soybean meal to the Port of Poti on January 3 as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) …

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Food for Progress Highlights U.S. – Georgian Agri-Business Cooperation

On Saturday, 19 December, the ship Ocean Grand delivered 14,000 metric tons of high-quality U.S. wheat to the Port of Poti as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food for Progress program.  This shipment, the first of three in the coming month, will be ​available for private sector usage via commercial sales on the Georgian …

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks at the Wounded Warrior Foundation Charity Event

We stand proudly with our Georgian partners in caring for their injured soldiers, many of whom stood proudly with the United States and our allies in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has been an honor assisting Georgia in this noble undertaking and we look forward to seeing this wonderful project flourish thanks to the generosity and …

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INL Office Sponsors Three-day “Public Corruption and Law Enforcement Techniques” Course

To mark International Anti-corruption Day, the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics (INL) continued its efforts to strengthen the capacity and independence of Georgia`s criminal justice system and improve its ability to fight organized crime and corruption by partnering with the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) to host a three-day virtual “Public Corruption and Law …

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26,000 USAID-funded PCR testing kits delivery to National Center for Disease Control and Public Health

USAID continues to support Georgia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing crucial assistance to help the healthcare system prevent further spread of the virus. Recently, 26,000 USAID-funded PCR testing kits were delivered to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health. These testing kits will be distributed to hospitals, clinics, and laboratories across the …

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INL-Tbilisi delivered donated clothes, food, and toiletries to the Tbilisi domestic violence intake center

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Senior State Department Officials Briefing to Traveling Press

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“The United States and Georgia have a strong strategic partnership built upon shared values and a deep love of freedom, independence, and unity. The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and we support the Georgian people’s clear choice to embrace Euro-Atlantic integration.” – …

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USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes

USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes. Along with our partners at the International Republican Institute, we encourage everyone to get out and vote on October 31!

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U.S. Embassy donates walking aids for disabled people in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

As the United States marks Disability Awareness Month, the U.S. government remains committed to the social inclusion of people with disabilities at home and abroad. To contribute to social inclusion in Georgia, today, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through its Humanitarian Assistance Program, handed over walking aids for use by disabled people …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through DTRA

Today at Juta, Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). On land and sea, the Georgian Border Police provide the Georgian people safety and security. When our partners are safer, so are the American people. This border station …

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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Urges Full Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi echoes Georgia’s concern regarding the cancellation of the October 6-7 round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) due to the decision of one participant not to attend.  The American delegation was fully prepared to attend discussions in Geneva this week, as well as the discussions scheduled for September that were …

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Readout of 2020 U.S.-Georgia Bilateral Defense Consultations

The Department of Defense and the Georgian Ministry of Defense conducted Bilateral Defense Consultations by video teleconference today. The consultations were chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper and the Georgian First Deputy Minister of Defense Lela Chikovani. The purpose of the consultations was to discuss bilateral security cooperation priorities, share information on …

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U.S. Embassy ODC Hands Over Personal Protection Equipment to the Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC)

The United States is proud to continue to work with our Georgian partners to protect the health and safety of the people of Georgia. Today, the U.S. Embassy delivered the final batch of its PPE assistance to the Central Election Commission. This donation of over $73,000 worth of latex gloves, face shield masks, and disinfectants …

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DTRA supports NCDC and Lugar Center with virus neutralization test kit

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is supporting Georgian national research studies at the National Center for Disease Control/Lugar Center on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.  DTRA donated three surrogate virus neutralization test kits, manufactured in New Jersey, which offer a novel technology for determining neutralization antibody levels to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This offers key …

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U.S. Government donates specially equipped vehicles to Georgian Border Police

Today, A/DCM Catherine Schweitzer, Defense Attaché COL Stephanie Bagley, and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Ioseb Chelidze witnessed the Georgian Emergency Management Services receive their primary transportation and delivery systems from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In addition to the ceremony for the official transfer, A/DCM Schweitzer also saw firsthand the use of the equipment …

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Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very informative and interesting meeting with the Auditor General, looking into the importance of accountability and transparency in the government institutions. USAID and the United States have been working with the State Auditor’s Office since 2011 on building this capacity, and it is truly inspiring …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan participates in opening of Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Cybersecurity Server Center

  U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined CEC Chairperson Tamar Zhvania in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new USAID-supported cybersecurity server center. Georgia’s continued democratic development depends on greater resilience to malign influence, including cyberattacks. Ambassador Degnan highlighted the U.S. Government’s strong partnership with Georgia to protect the upcoming Parliamentary elections from …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory

Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan congratulates the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) on achieving internationally recognized accreditation of their Fingerprint, Facial Recognition, and Questioned Documents/Handwriting examination sections during her visit to the MOIA Crime Laboratory. The U.S. Embassy has supported the development of criminal forensics …

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U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)

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DTRA donates equipment to State Security Service of Georgia (June 24)

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USS Porter visits Batumi (June 23)

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Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15)

Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of attending a ceremony marking the completion of the Certification Exercise for the Georgia Deployment Program – Resolute Support Mission (GDP-RSM). This exercise is another bright point in the more than 10-year history of this …

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U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation donates vehicles to Mtskheta and Dusheti municipalities (June 6)

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“We train together – we fight together”. Joint Georgian and U.S. military preparation efforts and training before deploying (June 5)

“We train together – we fight together”. Joint Georgian and U.S. military preparation efforts and training before deploying (June 5) Did you know that before their deployment to Afghanistan, Georgian soldiers train with U.S. Marines for months in Georgia? Today approximately 600 Georgian soldiers and 50 U.S. Marines are beginning their culminating exercise before deployment. …

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Volunteers from Georgian community in U.S., as well as Georgian Embassy in Washington, prepare, deliver, and serve Supra for patient battling leukemia

Volunteers from Georgian community in the U.S., as well as the Georgian Embassy in Washington, prepare, deliver, and serve Georgian Supra for patient battling leukemia in Ohio (June 4) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi wishes to express its appreciation to members of the Georgian community in the United States, as well as the Georgian Embassy in Washington, …

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U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31)

U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31) On May 27, Ambassador Degnan presented a certificate of appreciation to Minister of Internal Affairs Vakhtang Gomelauri to congratulate the Ministry on Police Day and demonstrate the respect and gratitude of the U.S. Embassy for the support and achievements of the Ministry and its …

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Georgia National Day (May 26)

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DTRA Donates $500,000 in Personal Protective Equipment to Assist Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 18)

This month the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) delivered nearly $500,000 in personal protective equipment to the Georgian Border Police, Emergency Management Services, State Laboratory of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Internal Affairs. This equipment included goggles, safety shields, disinfection spray, respirator units, infrared thermometers, and coverall suits. This assistance will help …

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U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)

U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)   Today Ambassador Degnan joined Minister Tikaradze in welcoming the arrival of high caliber testing equipment and materials to conduct 4,000 gold-standard RT-PCR tests, as well as almost $20,000 in personal protective equipment, donated by the U.S. …

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Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)

Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)   USAID Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman spoke to TV Imedi this week about what USAID is doing to help Georgia better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to helping the people of Georgia respond to COVID-19. The United States …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13)

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Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31)

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CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)

CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has successfully engaged with its Georgian counterparts for years. We are proud to support the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health, and the latest training …

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The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (March 27)

The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19 (March 27)   Excerpt: Georgia: $1.1 million in health funding will help prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, bolster risk communication, and more. The United States has provided nearly $139 million in health assistance …

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Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchange (March 13)

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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister of Finance (March 12) 

Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Minister of Finance   Question about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had an excellent meeting with the Finance Minister. We already have such extensive cooperation, especially in the areas of export controls and border security. But we also explored developing an investment screening mechanism so Georgia would …

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The U.S. Forest Service representatives hold workshops for over 130 high school students in Georgia (March 10)

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

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

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U.S. Government donates high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (February 10)

U.S. Government donates high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (February 10) The U.S. Government, through the U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), donated six new Toyota Land Cruiser high-mobility vehicles to the Emergency Management Service of the Ministry of Interior of Georgia.  The donation is part of the U.S. Department …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

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

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The 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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EU and U.S. Embassies’ Joint Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (May 16)

EU and U.S. Embassies’ Joint Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (May 16)   The U.S. Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia would like to commend the fourth wave working group on productive meetings during 11-12 May and collaboration on judicial reform.  We hope that the group will strongly …

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U.S. Embassy statement regarding developments at Adjara Public Broadcaster (April 18)

U.S. Embassy statement regarding developments at Adjara Public Broadcaster (April 18) As strong supporters of a free and independent media, the U.S. Embassy welcomed recent assessments by both ODIHR and EU-UNDP that Ajara Public Broadcaster is an impartial media source.  We are following the developments around the broadcaster and its general director, Natia Kapanadze.  We …

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

House Democracy Partnership Chair and Co-Chair Statement at Parliament (April 16)   Congressman Price: Thank you Mr. Speaker, and thanks to all of your colleagues and many many friends here in Georgia, who welcomed us so warmly. We always feel at home in Georgia. We certainly feel at home with our Parliamentary colleagues, with our …

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Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges (April 5)

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges   The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission’s Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges met March 29 in Tbilisi and coordinated new approaches to a variety of topics critical to the bilateral relationship. The United States reaffirmed its strong commitment to …

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Statement on the OSCE/ODIHR report on the 2018 Presidential Elections (March 2)

We welcome the release of the OSCE/ODIHR final report on the 2018 Presidential elections and share its assessment.  The comprehensive recommendations in the report address the shortcomings the Embassy and other international and domestic observers reported during the election.  We encourage the Georgian government to implement the recommendations through consultations with the political parties and …

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U.S. emergency preparedness team conducts workshop with Georgians (February 28)

U.S. Emergency preparedness team conducts a workshop with Georgians (February 28) An interdisciplinary team of exercise and emergency managers and planners, geospatial and public information experts from the United States’ Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness Program were in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi Feb. 25-28, 2019, to conduct the first of several workshops with the ultimate goal …

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

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media on sidelines of the MCC school rehabilitation project in Kutaisi Q-n about Anaklia’s importance for Georgia and its political implications DCM Rood: The Anaklia Deep Sea Port is a very important project. It is important for Georgia’s economic development, it is important for Georgia to fulfill its potential as …

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Ambulances Donation to the LEPL Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center (February 22)

Ambulances Donation to the LEPL Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center On 22 February, the U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) donated four high mobility ambulances to the LEPL Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center. The vehicles are donated through the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance (HA) Program and will …

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A Successful Anti-human Trafficking Operation in Marneuli (February 8)

A Successful Anti-human Trafficking Operation in Marneuli (February 8) By Mark Trainer A human trafficking operation in Marneuli might have gone undetected if police from this small city in the southern portion of the nation of Georgia hadn’t known what to look for and how to ferret out this  pervasive and inhuman crime . Only a month earlier, at …

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

  Ambassador Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22) Ambassador Wilson, along with Minister of Defense Izoria, visits the USS Donald Cook in Batumi. The Ambassador underscored the importance of the visit, and of the strong friendship between the United States and Georgia.

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The USS Donald Cook Visits Batumi Port (January 21)

The USS Donald Cook Visits Batumi Port (January 21) The United States Ship (USS) Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Batumi for a port visit on January 21 as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.  Donald Cook is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer commissioned in 1998.   This will be the ship’s second visit to …

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U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17)

U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17) The U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice continue to partner and provide assistance to the Prosecution Service of Georgia in organizing and conducting Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which was first launched in November 2017. This year Crime Victim Rights …

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INL of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police Department (December 10 -14)

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police Department (December 10 -14) The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police …

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US European Command’s Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid Project Development Workshop (December 3-7)

US European Command’s (USEUCOM) Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid (OHDACA) Project Development Workshop Conducted in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic (December 3-7)   The Tbilisi Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) hosted US European Command’s (USEUCOM) Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid (OHDACA) Project Development Workshop in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic December 3-7, 2018.  …

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

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Georgia National Day (May 26)   On behalf of the Government of the United States, I would like to wish the Government of Georgia and the Georgian people a joyous Independence Day. This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, the first independent Georgian state in modern …

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

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (May 23) Vice President Mike Pence met today with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili of the Republic of Georgia. The Vice President welcomed Prime Minister Kvirikashvili to the Vice President’s Residence as a follow up to Vice President Pence’s trip to Georgia last year. Both affirmed the …

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

Remarks at the 2018 Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 21) Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili Treaty Room Washington, DC May 21, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning. Good morning, Prime Minister. Welcome and congratulations on your hundredth anniversary of your independence. That’s a major milestone along the way. …

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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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Assistant Secretary A. Wess Mitchell’s statement to media during his visit to the administrative boundary line at Odzisi, Dusheti District (May 1)

Assistant Secretary A. Wess Mitchell’s statement to media during his visit to the administrative boundary line at Odzisi, Dusheti District (May 1) Dr. A. Wess Mitchell: Thank you for being here this morning.  Ten years ago there was a war here and I am here today to remind the Russian Government that the world has not forgotten …

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

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Peace Corps G-18 Arrival Ceremony (April 17) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: The eighteenth group of 68 Peace Corps Trainees has arrived to Georgia this afternoon.  They will be going through an intensive, eleven-week training focused on language, culture, and technical skills.  After successfully completing the training, they will be sworn-in …

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

U.S. Embassy Statement on the ”A Step to a Better Future” Peace Initiative by the Georgian Government (April 4)   The United States welcomes Georgia’s release of a package of proposals intended to improve connectivity across the Administrative Boundary Lines. These measures help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations on both sides of …

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United States Welcomes Georgia Peace Initiative (April 4)

United States Welcomes Georgia Peace Initiative (April 4) Statement by Heather Nauert The United States welcomes Georgia’s package of proposals to improve the lives of people living in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  These measures help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines and …

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Media comments made by Deputy Commander of the Amphibious Ready Group Brian Finman (March 17)

Media comments made by Deputy Commander of the Amphibious Ready Group Brian Finman (March 17) Good morning! My name is Caption Brian  Finman, I am Deputy Commander of the Amphibious  Ready Group.  The USS Oak Hill is one of our three ships.  I have been embarked while the ship is operating in the Black Sea.  …

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USAID Energy Program

USAID Energy Program USAID Energy Program (UEP) is a $7.5 million 3-year project aimed at supporting Georgia in energy market development per Georgia’s obligations under the Energy Community Treaty. The ultimate goal of this program is to enhance Georgia’s energy security through improved legal and regulatory framework and increased investments in the energy sector. UEP …

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U.S. on Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (February 1)

U.S. on Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (February 1) The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s approval of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force.  We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which does not constitute a valid international agreement. …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Joint Military Force (January 26)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Joint Military Force (January 26) The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement secured with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force.  We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which does not constitute a valid international …

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Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (January 26)

Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (January 26) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force. We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which …

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

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

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U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation (March 29)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation (March 29) Geneva, Switzerland March 29, 2017 At the thirty-ninth round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia March 28-29, the United States welcomed the continued functioning of the Gali and Ergneti Incident Prevention …

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U.S. Leads Team Effort to Renovate Women’s Health Clinic in Akhaltsikhe

The renovation is expected to help the DWO increase the clinic’s capacity to provide health services to women and girls; advance girl’s and women’s knowledge about reproductive health, contraception and rights; and provide training to empower women and girls to become active promoters of gender equality in Samtskhe-Javakheti.

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Developments in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (March 16)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Developments in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (March 16) The United States fully supports the territorial integrity of Georgia and its sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders. As such, the United States does not recognize the results of an election conducted illegitimately in Georgian territory without the consent of …

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CODEL Roskam engagement with media at KTA (February 26)

CODEL Roskam engagement with media at KTA (February 26) Congressman Roskam: I am a representative from the state of Illinois, and we are part of the House Democracy Partnership.  We are a bipartisan commission of the United States House of Representatives, and I am joined by my colleagues – David Price from North Carolina, Adrian …

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CODEL Roskam is visiting Georgia as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) (February 25)

CODEL Roskam is visiting Georgia as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) (February 25) CODEL Roskam is visiting Georgia as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP).  The HDP and Georgian Parliament have been working together since 2006, and this trip marks the 7th visit by commission members to Georgia.  While here, the delegation …

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Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at MCC Annual Report Event (February 22)

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media at MCC Annual Report Event (February 22) “We are going to preview the progress in the Millennium Challenge Corporation program to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Georgia.  It is one of our most significant investments—it is worth about $140 million.  We have invested that much because we …

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DTRA visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi (February 13)

DTRA visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi (February 13) During their trip to Georgia, the delegation from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi. Deputy Director Rear Admiral Scott B. Jerabek was hosted by the …

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Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Mgebrishvili held meeting with Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek (February 9)

Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Mgebrishvili held meeting with Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek (February 9) Deputy Head of the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek along with the delegation paid a visit to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The guests were hosted by the Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi …

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Admiral Scott Jerabek together with other DTRA representatives visited the R. Lugar Center for Public Health Research (February 8)

Admiral Scott Jerabek together with other DTRA representatives visited the R. Lugar Center for Public Health Research (February 8) Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze – NCDC / Director General presented the main functions and responsibilities, exclusive capacity and vision of further development of the Lugar Center. Admiral S. Jerabek noted the successful collaboration and outcomes between NCDC …

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Embassy Sponsored Culinary arts program in Rustavi #16 prison (February 3)

Embassy Sponsored Culinary arts program in Rustavi #16 prison (February 3) Nineteen inmates at the Rustavi #16 prison have successfully completed the first prison culinary course, funded by the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs . Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas Berliner personally congratulated participants on this achievement and enjoyed trying their food. This innovative program aims to give …

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Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment at the opening of the Georgian Border Police K-9 administrative building in Tbilisi (January 24)

Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment at the opening of the Georgian Border Police K-9 administrative building in Tbilisi (January 24) Our most important priority here for the United States is to support Georgia’s sovereignty and independence, and of course a very important part of that for Georgia is to be able to manage its borders, to …

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Grant agreements worth 22.5 million dollars signed with US (December 22)

Grant agreements worth 22.5 million dollars signed with US (December 22) Today, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Douglas Ball and Minister of Finance Dimitry Kumsishvili signed amendments to three Development Objective Grant Agreements between the United States and Georgia. These amendments reflect $22.5 million in support from the United States Government, through USAID, for Georgia’s democratic, economic, …

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DASD Carpenter Visits Georgia, Signs Security Cooperation Framework (December 5 – 7)

DASD Carpenter Visits Georgia, Signs Security Cooperation Framework (December 5 – 7) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Michael Carpenter visited Georgia December 5-7.  During the course of his visit, Dr. Carpenter met with the President, Prime Minister, and Minister of Defense.  Dr. Carpenter and Minister of Defense Levan Izoria signed a 3-year Security Cooperation …

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DAS Bridget Brink’s media engagement on the sidelines of her meeting with Speaker Kobakhidze and Parliamentarians (November 20)

DAS Bridget Brink’s media engagement on the sidelines of her meeting with Speaker Kobakhidze and Parliamentarians (November 20) I just had a very open and frank and positive conversation with the new Speaker Kobakhidze and his team from parliament with our ambassador.  I have to say I, first off, congratulated him on his speakership as …

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Exercise Jackal Stone 2016 to Launch in Georgia

Next week, members of the U.S. military will begin arriving in Georgia, in preparation for Exercise Jackal Stone 2016. Jackal Stone is part of U.S. European Command’s Joint Training and Exercise Program which is designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with Allied and partner nations. Jackal Stone 2016 is a bilateral exercise coordinated by U.S. …

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