Senior US Government Officials Visit Georgia in Support of U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 22)
From May 22-26, senior U.S. government officials are visiting Georgia to participate in the annual meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission (SPC) Democracy Working Group. The goal of the meeting is to review progress on goals set at the Working Group’s previous deliberations held in Tbilisi June 21, 2016.
The U.S. Co-Chairs of the Working Group meeting are Bridget Brink, the Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and Scott Busby, the Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State. Other U.S. officials participating in the delegation are Margot Ellis, Acting Assistant Administrator the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Catherine Newcombe, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Justice.
The SPC serves as the primary strategic bilateral dialogue to deepen cooperation between the United States and Georgia and to advance our shared goal of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. Other SPC Working Groups focus on defense and security; economics, trade, and energy; and people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
While in Georgia, U.S. government officials will hold separate meetings with President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze, and political party and civil society representatives to discuss U.S. government assistance in the areas of democracy and governance.