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 well as on Georgian Dream for their win in the latest elections.  As we have said before, it’s a very big opportunity to keep Georgia moving forward.  It’s also a really big responsibility.  And, I said that from our perspective, that to reach across the aisle, including with the opposition, and to focus on areas of strategic national interest, would be our recommendation going forward as they start with off with their legislative agenda.  I also suggested that if constitutional reform is something that is being contemplated that it be done as inclusively as possible with experts from both inside, of course, the government, opposition, and parliament, but also experts from outside of the government and Europe.  I was very happy and encouraged, I have to say, in my conversations with the Speaker and with the heads of some of the committees as to their commitment to being inclusive and to work in a manner that is supporting our joint interests of Euro-Atlantic integration for Georgia.  So it’s a great pleasure be back here and to continue my meetings during my visit.