Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood’s media comment at International Black Sea University to Celebrate the Women’s International Day (March 7)
Q-n about the IBSU celebration of Women’s International Day
DCM Elizabeth Rood: International Women’s Day is the day we honor the women in our lives, but it is also an important occasion to think about the struggles of women around the world for equality and to honor the achievements of women in the United States, and in Georgia. International Black Sea University has long been a partner with the United States. The American Studies program has helped organize many events. Today we are going to hear about the women’s movement in the United States, and it will be a good occasion for us to think about how the United States and Georgia partner together to achieve the equal rights of all citizens, men, and woman.
Q-n about the letter, made public yesterday, allegedly addressed to TBC’s Mamuka Khazaradze from the Interior Minister; to assess whether the letter can be viewed as interference in free media, as well as assess its possible general implications for the country
DCM Elizabeth Rood: The United States has long supported the development of free and independent media in Georgia. As to this letter, I cannot comment on it, I understand it is a matter of investigation by the Georgian authorities. As to the TBC bank case more broadly, we continue to watch the case very closely and we believe that the way it is handled and outcome of the case has important implications for the business and investment environment in Georgia.
Q-n followed up: if this case can be regarded as pressure on business, and if the Interior Ministers’ authority should be suspended pending the investigation results
DCM Elizabeth Rood: No, I certainly would not make that suggestion.