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Saakashvili to meet with the U.S. President in April2010-03-10 14:21
This April Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, will visit Washington D.C. with an official visit and will hold a meeting with the U.S. President.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The Georgian leader hasn't visited America since the beginning of Obama's presidency. Even at the inauguration ceremony Georgia was officially represented by Irakli Alasania, the ex-Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN, now the pro-opposition Alliance for Georgia leader - NEWS.am.
According to the source, the Georgian leader will hold meetings with the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials.
Previously in January 2010 the government of Georgia signed a 6-month contract with Podesta Group, one of the most influential lobbying firms in Washington D.C.
According to the USD 300k contract, the company is obliged to lobby Georgia in Congress and executive powers of the USA, ad also provide service, connected with mass media - Trend. The documentation, presented to the Justice Department, says the fir will also organize meetings of Georgian officials with American executive power representatives.
This January the government of Georgia also hired a firm of ex-Congressman Richard Gephardt, the 12-month contract at the sum of USD 436 800. Both were signed by Security Council Secretary Eka Tkeshelasvili on behalf of the Georgian government.