Meeitng between Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

10.02.2017, Washington – Georgia remains America’s strong partner and ally not only in the region but also globally – Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze said during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held on 10 February 2017, as part of Mikheil Janelidze’s visit to the U.S.

The sides spoke about the successful democratic and economic reforms Georgia has carried out over the past few years setting an example to follow for the entire region. The sides also highlighted the great potential Georgia has for developing economy, attracting investments and becoming a regional hub. It was underlined during the meeting that the U.S. continues to support Georgia in developing its democratic institutions and economy. Rex Tillerson thanked Georgia for its contribution towards maintaining global security and for the bravery of Georgian soldiers serving in international peacekeeping missions.

The Secretary of State put a high value on the development path Georgia is pursuing and the reforms the Georgian government has identified as priorities in the areas of good governance, education and business. According to the Secretary of State, Georgia’s development path is a path towards peace and stability.  

Discussions during the meeting focused on the security situation in the region and issues relating to the Georgian-Russian conflict. Rex Tillerson reaffirmed the U.S. administration’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and its readiness to support the country in dealing with the challenges currently facing it.

The Minister thanked the Secretary of State for the outstanding role the United States has played in building Georgia as an independent state.

Mikheil Janelidze said that Georgia is not only America’s strong partner but it also shares with the West such common values as democracy, rule of law and freedom. Moreover, Georgia has made substantial progress on this path over the past four years. Mikheil Janelidze spoke extensively about main directions of Georgia’s development and foreign policy.  

The sides reaffirmed their readiness to continue an active dialogue on all issues of importance to Georgia and to contribute to further deepening the existing bilateral co-operation. Talking points also included the exchange of bilateral visits within the framework of strategic partnership. Mikheil Janelidze invited  Rex Tillerson to Georgia. The U.S. Secretary of State expressed his interest to make a visit to Georgia, where possible.