Chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (June 14)

Chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (June 14)

Q-n about the event

CDA Rood:  This conference is called Georgia’s European Way and the United States has a presence at this conference because we firmly and deeply support Georgia’s choice for Euro-Atlantic integration.  We consider that choice irreversible and we do a great deal through our partnership and our assistance programs to support Georgia on its European way.

Q-n about the governmental changes in Georgia whether it was caused by UNICEF’s recent report or by the protests happening last month

CDA Rood:  The relationship between the United States and Georgia has never been stronger than it has been in the past years under the leadership of Prime Minister Kvirikashvili and his government.  We deeply appreciate that tremendous work and partnership we have enjoyed with Prime Minister Kvirikashvili.  We now look forward to the formation of a new government.  We have no doubts that the new government will remain committed to Georgia’s path of Euro-Atlantic integration, and we look forward to working with the new government, continuing our very strong strategic partnership.  I can’t really comment on why the Prime Minister made the decision to resign, but we respect that decision and we respect that in a democratic society from time to time governments change.  The important thing is stability and commitment on the path of reform, reforms necessary for Georgia to complete its democratic development and to build its economy, and we look forward to working with the new government on that path.

Q-n about President Margvelashvili’s statement that Ivanishvili should end its informal ruling and become a prime minister

CDA Rood:  As a diplomat it is not for me to speculate on who the next Prime Minister will be.