Grand Opening Ceremony for EXBS’ Green Border Sector “Iori” (November 15)
On November 15, Ambassador Kelly delivered remarks at the opening ceremony for the new Iori Green Border Sector Building sponsored by the U.S. government’s Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS). The construction of this new building is a critical improvement in the ability of the Border Police to effectively monitor and detect illicit trafficking incidents along the border, making Georgia stronger against regional and transnational threats. The Ambassador expressed continued U.S. support to help enhance border security capabilities.
Media Standup after the Opening Event
Q: How important is this partnership and how important this partnership for border security?
Amb. Kelly: Well, it is a great honor for me to open this facility with the Deputy Minister. And I think, as you know, the U.S. has made quite a few investments in Georgia. We really want Georgia to succeed as a fully functioning member of the Western community of nations, as a full democracy. And of course that can’t be attained unless there are secure borders, unless Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is guaranteed, and so, that’s why we’ve made an investment here, in this facility. I am very impressed with it and I look forward to participating in more such ceremonies.