CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at EPAG’s 5th Anniversary (October 8)
Q-n about the event
Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Of all the diplomatic tools the United States has for strengthening and deepening the strategic partnership between the United States and Georgia, probably the most powerful, and the most effective, is our exchange programs, because this is the very heart of our people to people exchanges, and every single one of the alumni of our exchange programs serves as an agent to further deepen and strengthen U.S.-Georgia relations. This evening, we have the largest ever gathering of alumni of our exchange programs. We have more than three hundred alumni here, of the more than five thousand Georgians who have participated in exchange programs in the United States. This includes educational exchanges, the Fulbright program for graduate studies, the FLEX program for high school students, all kinds of professional exchanges, as well as the Muskie Fellowship Program. We are very proud of all of these programs, and we are very happy that these alumni have organized themselves with our assistance to build a powerful network of friends of the United States in Georgia who will continue to deepen our strategic partnership.
Q-n about Kelly Degnan’s arrival to Georgia as the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia
Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: As you know, the White House announced the president’s intention to nominate Kelly Degnan to be our next U.S. Ambassador here in Georgia. Before she can come, she has to be confirmed by the United States Senate. I can’t tell you exactly what the timeline will be for that. We hope it is soon.