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Trump welcomes Kvirikashvili to the White House

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, May 10
US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he was honoured to welcome Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili with US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on May 8.

The meeting was held in the Oval Office.

At the beginning of the meeting, Trump emphasized that Georgia is an “important ally” and a “strategic partner” of the USA, the Government of Georgia's press office reported.

The duo discussed “significant issues and future plans for the US-Georgia relations”.

“President Trump expressed the US Government's full support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Office added.

Kvirikashvili also invited President Trump to Georgia.

Within the first official visit under the new US administration, Kvirikashvili also met with the Vice President, as well as Congressmen and other key political figures.

The White House press office wrote that Pence and Kvirikashvili affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership that has continued to grow stronger over 25 years and emphasized the importance of Georgia's significant contributions to global security.

In particular, the Vice President expressed his deep gratitude for the sacrifices of the Georgian people, including 31 Georgian servicemen who have given their lives fighting alongside NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The Vice President reiterated the Administration's steadfast commitment to Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

Pence also praised the Prime Minister's leadership on political and economic reforms and reaffirmed U.S. support for Georgia's decision to pursue integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions, including NATO.

The leaders also pledged to explore ways to continue to enhance their economic and trade relations.

The US Congressmen stressed they supported Georgia’s territorial integrity and that they would support Georgia in implementing key state reforms.