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Today the USA and Georgia are signing the Charter on strategic partnership2009-01-09 11:58
Today on January 9 Georgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will sign the Charter on strategic partnership between two countries. It was reported by Georgia's Foreign Office.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to earlier statement of Chairman of Georgia's Parliament David Bakradze the Charter on partnership between Georgia and the USA "will become the first official document on strategic partnership between the two countries".
As he says this document will stipulate enhancement of cooperation "in such important domains as security and defense", ITAR-TASS reports.
He also disproved the information that the Charter supposedly provided for deployment of American military bases in Georgia but at the same time he noted that "the USA will continue assisting Georgia in reinforcement of defense capacity of the country, in training, preparation and arming of the country's armed forces" Bakradze emphasized that "the document specifies execution of a free-trade agreement between Georgia and the USA". "The USA has similar free-trade agreements with a few countries and it will be very important for Georgia as it will open doors for our products on the American market", - he summed up.
In his turn Georgia's Defense Minister David Sikharulidze who is now in Washington is convinced that the signing of the Charter "will level up the relationships between the two countries also in the areas of security and defense".
Georgia's president Mikheil Saakashvili thinks that though "this Charter will not be able to neutralize all short-term hazards and challenges for Georgia in the long run it will make Georgia an entirely different state".