Obama meets Saakashvili today in the White House
Today, January 30, President Barack Obama receives Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili in the White House. On the agenda - discussion of further strengthening the US-Georgian strategic partnership and deepening cooperation in various fields. The head of the U.S. "emphasizes the importance of military cooperation with Georgia, including Tbilisi's contribution to the international operation in Afghanistan", radio "Govorit Moskva" ("Moscow Speaking") reported.
At the same time, according to the press service of the U.S. president, this year they mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Georgia.
"The president will confirmf support the territorial integrity of Georgia within internationally accepted limits. Obama also hopes to discuss the upcoming elections in Georgia and the reforms that will continue to transform Georgia into a stable democratic state", said in a press release, RIA Novosti reported.
Meanwhile, the experts believe that the key topic of today's talks will be the situation around Iran, as well as Georgia's readiness to assist the United States in the event of an escalation of Iranian-American conflict. According to the expectations of a number of political scientists, Saakashvili is ready to take on a number of obligations, such as the promise to provide its territory as a springboard for U.S. troops if the United States deem it necessary to attack Iran.
"I do not rule out that in order to hold on to power, Saakashvili will get mixed up into a military campaign against Iran. This may be a disaster for our country. The war against Iran should not be waged on our territory", Segodnya.ru cited the statement of ex-Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.
The meeting of the two leaders will begin after 2 p.m local time (23:00 GMT).