Obama: U.S. wants to sign Free Trade Agreement with Georgia
Washington intends to sign a free trade agreement with Tbilisi, President Barack Obama confirmed during a meeting with Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili, RIA Novosti reported.
"The agreement is possible", Obama said receiving Saakashvili in the Oval Office.
The U.S. president added that in his opinion, Georgia may become a model of democracy and transparency for many countries.
"I want to say to President Saakashvili that we welcome their model of democracy and transparency that they have established not only at home but also in the region. We hope that maintaining the progress for next few years, many other countries would believe that if Georgia manages to pass such a transformation, then they also can", Obama said at a short briefing with Saakashvili in White House.
"I told Saakashvili that I greeted the way they have carried out process of formation of institutions in Russia (Obama misspoke) - in Georgia, the importance of respecting the interests of national minorities, the importance of reforming the police system and commitment to the rule of law. The whole process of institution-building has positive impact not only on the situation with current generation of Georgian citizens but also on the lives of future generations. I would like to note the work of the Georgian authorities in the past, and encourage them to conduct free and fair elections in the future", the U.S. leader said.