Secretary of State Kerry’s Remarks With Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze (July 6)


John Kerry
Secretary of State
Tbilisi, Georgia
July 6, 2016

 Thank you very much, Secretary, for a very good dialogue and discussion on all the directions of our strategic partnership. And I think that we discussed a lot of important issues and some very specific deliverables which are important for Georgia, which are important for our bilateral relations. And we look forward to the coming Warsaw summit for (inaudible) commission, which was supported by the United States and (inaudible). And we look forward to tangible deliverables out of the Warsaw summit as well. And we are grateful for your personal contribution for all these issues, and we are grateful for also the decision to sign a memorandum about defense and security partnership, which is an important memorandum expanding our partnership farther.

So welcome again to Georgia and we look forward to more cooperation (inaudible).

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you. Thank you, Mikheil. I appreciate it very much.

First of all, let me congratulate you, your country, and your country people on 25 years of independence. And I was here shortly after 2008 after the occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and so I want to affirm that the United States remains deeply committed to the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity of Georgia. And we very much appreciate all of your commitments and engagement with the United States, from NATO countries and others, and the efforts in Afghanistan and your efforts with respect to security overall.

So I look forward to our NATO meeting in a few days in Warsaw, and we’ll follow up on this conversation there when we foreign ministers get together.

STAFF: Thank you.



STAFF: Thank you, everybody.