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2009-04-16 18:04

4/0/8/2408.jpegGeorgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze met the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on 14th April. They discussed questions regarding the strengthening of bilateral relations between the USA and Georgia, and Washington's support for Georgian "independence and democracy".


"The USA will continue to support Georgia in this difficult time for them," Izvestiya quotes Hillary Clinton. "This once again emphasizes our firm intention to support Georgian independence and democracy. We are pleased to see Georgia's foreign minister here, at this difficult time for the young Georgian democracy." According to her, the sides discussed a whole range of problems of importance for bilateral relations, which will predominantly influence the "deepening and broadening" of their cooperation. Furthermore, work has already been started on many issues referred to in the Strategic Partnership Charter signed by the USA and Georgia at the start of the year. Clinton concluded her speech with an extremely tough remark: "The occupation of Georgia must not

last long," reports GHN. "Georgia's territorial integrity will be the issue that the USA will discuss during all the planned meetings with representatives of the Russian leadership."

In turn Grigol Vashadze stressed: "The USA has not changed its position which it established following the Russian aggression last August. Georgia and the USA remain strategic allies," the Regnum news agency quotes him.

Georgia's Ambassador to the USA, Batu Kutelia, was more loquacious: "The United States is taking any opportunity to exert pressure on Russia for it to change its decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia," writes Day.Az. "There will be no concessions as far as this is concerned. This was emphasized by Hillary Clinton during her discussion with Grigol Vashadze. I'll also say that this will be one of the main issues of the US administration's foreign policy." Batu Kutelia also stated that the US Secretary of State gave a high appraisal of the domestic events in Georgia, which are not infringing upon democracy, and welcomed the attitude of the state bodies to the peaceful actions and "society's readiness to show political maturity". Therefore, the first fully-fledged official meeting between the Georgian Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State went more than successfully for the Georgians. It should be noted that Tbilisi was pinning high hopes on the discussion between Vashadze and Clinton.

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