The meetings of the Democracy and People-to-People Working Groups under the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership have been held in Washington

On 12-13 November 2015, the meetings of the Democracy and People-to-People Working Groups under the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership were held in Washington.

Deputy Assistant Secretaries in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget A. Brink and Benjamin Ziff and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Jonathan Katz co-chaired the meetings for the United States. The Georgian delegation included First Deputy Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Deputy Minister of Justice Alexandre Baramidze and First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.   
 
At the Democracy Working Group meeting, the two sides discussed the democratic situation in Georgia and the measures taken by the Government of Georgia in terms of the rule of law, human rights and governance. The issue of pre-election situation was also discussed.  In the frames of the People-to-People Working Group, the two sides focused on the current situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and on the successful reforms carried out by the Government of Georgia in the spheres of education, culture, sports and health protection. The Georgian delegation underlined the achieved progress and together with the U.S. side mapped out the future plans. The two delegations also identified the spheres, which require the involvement and support by the U.S.
 
On 13 November, the Embassy of Georgia in the U.S. held a reception for the representatives of the Georgian delegations and members of the U.S. Department of State, who took part in the meetings of the Democracy and People-to-People Working Groups under the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership.   


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