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Tbilisi-Washington: one good turn deserves another2009-06-23 15:31
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze is going to bring his patron Mikhail Saakashvili two pieces of news from America: a good one and a bad one.
Let us start with the good one.
Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, having attended the meeting with the head of the Georgian foreign policy administration instead of Hillary Clinton who has recently broken her elbow, assured the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili that America is not going to get rid of him so far. Steinberg underlined that the USA is ready to provide every possible support to the democratic reforms in Georgia.
Evidently, in the context of this support to Saakashvili's "democratic regime" the USA have allocated 20 million dollars to reinforce the Georgian police. In particular, the assistance program "includes the improvement of informational technologies and communications, the development of the instruction plans aimed at professional skills improvement, as well as new equipment and machinery supply". The statement obviously implies that the program is primarily aimed at providing the police with all the instruments required to suppress any protests on the part of the opposition. Before Vashadze's visit over the water, a relevant agreement had been signed by the USA Ambassador to Georgia John Teft and Deputy Head of the Georgian MIA Ekaterina Zguladze.
During the meeting with a visitor from Tbilisi, James Steinberg said that "the most important aspect of the current visit is an opportunity to establish an American-Georgian Committee for Strategic Partnership that will open a new chapter of a long-standing and strong friendship between our two countries".
Then, Deputy Secretary of State reminded Mr.Vashadze that the USA have paid Georgia one-billion-dollars assistance as they had promised, thus having fulfilled their liabilities.
As one would say, one good turn deserves another; that is why Saakashvili's grateful regime is sending five hundred Georgian servicemen to Afghanistan to reinforce NATO's international forces to stabilize the situation in the country. Well, you give us assistance and we give you food for powder.
"We are also going to support professional training of the Georgian army, providing assistance as Georgia takes part in coalitional operations (in Afghanistan) and carries out reforms required to be admitted to NATO", - Steinberg said, obviously approving the expansion of coalitional troops in Afghanistan by means of the Georgian soldiers.