U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will pay a visit to Georgia on 17 and 18 November. Within the framework of the visit the Secretary of State will hold meetings with Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, President Salome Zourabichvili and Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani. Mike Pompeo will also meet with Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II.
The high-level meetings within the scope of the Secretary of State’s visit will focus on the priorities under the United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, as well as on prospects for further enhancing cooperation in the areas of defence and security, trade and economy, democracy, people-to-people contacts, education and cultural exchanges.
The parties will discuss the security environment in Georgia and the wider region and will highlight cooperation between Georgia and the U.S. as a way to further strengthen regional and international security. The Georgian party will update the U.S. Secretary of State on the difficult security and humanitarian situation in Georgia’s occupied regions. Special attention will be focused on the need to further strengthen trade-economic relations and to boost cooperation between the two countries in the democratic development process.
The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to Georgia once again points to the firmness of U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership and reaffirms the commitment of the two countries to enhance their cooperation aimed at further reinforcing the partnership based on shared values and vision. The visit provides yet another proof that the United States remains strongly committed to supporting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the country’s continuous democratic development and European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
It needs to be highlighted that the Secretary of State’s visit takes place amid the global pandemic. Georgia places a particularly high value on the strategic partner’s significant assistance in dealing with the pandemic. All meetings within the scope of the visit are held in strict adherence with Covid-19 protocols