The Senators’ comments made following the meeting with President Margvelashvili (January 2)
Senator McCain: We discussed our continued cooperation and joint efforts ranging from support for a free trade agreement, to our military cooperation and operations, to our appreciation for the brave citizens of this country who are defending freedom in Afghanistan. And, we have just reaffirmed our commitment to Georgian freedom and independence.
Senator Amy Klobuchar: I am very glad the sun is out for the first time on our entire trip and that is because we are in Georgia, a country that has stood in the sun for 25 years now asserting its independence. We want that to continue; that is why our friendship with military assistance but also more and more economic involvement and trade will be really important going forward.
Senator Lindsey Graham: We have been to the Baltics, to Ukraine, Georgia – all front line states facing Russian aggression trying to emerge as democracies. The Baltics are in NATO. Georgia has a plan to one day become a NATO member. We support that fully. Our message to the entire region is that we hope in 2017 America will do more. We will do more on the military side, we will do more on the economic side, we will have a trade agreement with Georgia and more economic and military presence in this region to help these emerging democracies. When we get home we are going to do more against Russia. They tried to interfere in our elections. They are undercutting democracies throughout this entire region. More sanctions on the energy and financial sectors, to let them know that enough is enough.