United States and Georgia hold meetings in Tbilisi to strengthen their strategic partnership (June 21)

Senior US government officialsBESO0600 from the US Department of State and USAID held working meetings with Georgian government, civil society organizations, and political party representatives on June 20 in Tbilisi. The US officials are visiting Georgia within the framework of the US-Georgia Strategic Parnership Commission‎’s Democracy Working Group, and in the lead-up to Georgia’s October parliamentary elections.  Discussions in the Democracy Working Group meeting will review progress made since the meeting held in 2015 in Washington, DC. They will also discuss ways the United States can help to further strengthen democratic reforms and institutions in Georgia as well as support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. Members of the US delegation include the US Department of State’s ‎Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink, the Assistant Administrator of USAID for Europe & Eurasia Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State Robert Berschinski, Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia Alina Romanowski, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Catherine Newcombe.