The United States congratulates Salome Zourabichvili on her election as President of Georgia (November 30)
Elections are fundamental to democracy, and in that spirit, we welcome the assessment by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission that Georgia’s presidential runoff was competitive and that candidates were able to campaign freely. We also share the Mission’s concerns, and those of other international and domestic observers, about instances of misuse of state resources for partisan campaigning, among other issues. We urge Georgian authorities to address the shortcomings raised by OSCE/ODIHR and other observers, and we are prepared to assist in these efforts.
The United States and Georgia are and will remain strong partners. We fully support Georgian democracy, prosperity, territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and Western integration, and we are determined to work with our friends here toward this country’s success.