The year of 2017 has featured the “unprecedentedly close” cooperation between the governments of Georgia and the United States.
The embassy staff summed up the past year and concluded that the year 2017 saw the execution of a number of “strategically important” decisions.
One of the major event was Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s visit in Washington and his meetings with the US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who later that year visited Georgia.
In addition to Prime Minister’s visit, high-profile bilateral meetings were held with White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and six cabinet ministers. Additionally, more than 100 meetings were organized between Georgian officials and distinguished US senators and congressmen.
In 2017, Georgia enjoyed “unprecedented support” from the United States and several “strategically important” agreements were signed including,
- In the US 2017 budget, the occupation of the Georgian territories was stressed for the first time on a legislative level;
- Support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity was stressed in the newest US national security strategy and the national Defense Authorization act.
- The US State Department supported the sale of a man-portable anti-tank Javelin system to Georgia in order to boost the country’s defense capabilities.
- The United States and Georgia signed the agreement on Exchange of Terrorist Screening Information to further intensify security cooperation.
The results of 2017 reconfirm the strong political support of the United States to Georgia and its commitment to the partnership.