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Clinton called Georgia "a valued partner"

2012-02-02 12:11

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Georgia "a valued partner" at a joint press briefing after a meeting with President Mikhail Saakashvili at the State Department, the Trend reported.

"Georgia is actively involved in operations in Afghanistan; Georgian troops are showing an example of professionalism and courage. We continue consulting on issues of free trade and investment. Also we're holding many conferences and discussions on cooperation in culture, education, health, rule of law", Clinton said.

U.S. Secretary of State stressed that the U.S. is "highly" interested in Georgia.

In turn, Saakashvili said that he has many times visited the State Department, but this time he has heard exactly what "I wanted to hear".

"That's because our country is ready for the challenges that face it now. We are passing to a new stage of cooperation with the U.S. A few years ago nobody could imagine the possibility of free trade with the United States, our military involvement in operations in Afghanistan, cooperation in security and defense. In this regard, Georgia could not become mature without the cooperation and help of the U.S.", he said.

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