Giorgi Kvirikashvili: “Our government is strongly committed to taking U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership to a qualitatively new level”

“Our strategic partnership remains very strong, and both sides fully realize the meaning of this cooperation as well as the importance of further reinforcing these solid partnerships ties”, Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated at the fifth Strategic Partnership Commission Plenary Session. The Foreign Minister thanked the U.S. for staunch support of Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, security, as well as European integration and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations and underlined the U.S. Government’s strong support for Georgia’s conflict resolution efforts and non-recognition policy.

“We witness on a daily basis the creeping annexation, manifested in continuous militarization, borderisation, and signing of the so-called treaties and occupation regime – with occupation regimes, all gravely threatening the security and stability in the region. Hereby, let me appreciate the U.S. Government’s strong support for our conflict resolution efforts and non-recognition policy”, the Minister stated.

The Minister underlined that Georgia’s Government is strongly committed to taking U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership to a qualitatively new level and that the virtually all-encompassing nature of the four working groups to the charter – Security and Defense; Democracy and Governance; Economy, Energy and Trade; and People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges – duly reflects the scope of bilateral relations between the two countries.

“We express our special gratitude to the U.S. for its invaluable support with the implementation of the substantial NATO-Georgia package. We are showing continuous progress towards NATO membership by effectively using all existing integration mechanisms, including ANP and SNGP. We hope that the NATO summit in Warsaw will duly credit Georgia for the successful defense and security reforms, and will advance our country onto a next step towards the membership of the alliance. The traditionally strong leadership of the United States will surely be indispensable in this regard. On our part, I am proud to reiterate that Georgia will continue to be strongly dedicated to the NATO Resolute Support Mission. Herewith, I would also like to thank the United States for the outstanding support providing to our wounded warriors”, the Minister stated.

“We have progressed in the direction of strengthening democracy and rule of law through implementing extensive reforms to ensure more freedom, more transparent and accountable governance, and to guarantee the vibrancy of our democratic institutions. We will continue closely working with our foremost strategic partner, the United States, in those areas to reach the best international standards,” Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.