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Friday, May 25
Fox News Publishes Georgian PM’s Letter

Fox News published Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s letter on Georgia-US relations.

In his letter, Kvirikashvili noted that his discussions with Trump administration officials and lawmakers in Washington within the frames of this week's visit are focused on advancing shared interests in critical areas - security and trade.

He mentioned that without the support of the United States, it would have been impossible to develop 'democracy with thriving civil and public institutions'.

The PM highlighted Georgia's active participation in ensuring global security and noted that Georgia is one of the largest per capita troop contributors to the international mission in Afghanistan.

Kvirikashvili also mentioned the free trade agreement between the US and Georgia.

"Trade between our nations now requires urgent attention because the opportunities are so appealing and their likely results- so far-reaching. Smart trade, beginning with a strong Georgia-US bilateral agreement, should be on our agenda," stated Kvirikashvili.

He also stated that an agreement would benefit America’s strategic interests in Eurasia and the security of both countries in at least three critical ways:

- To establish a foothold in Eurasia and a gateway to the New Silk Road and its Europe-to-Asia market of more than 2 billion people

- Adding new opportunities to the energy sector

- Creating American jobs

"A bilateral trade agreement would create American jobs. Georgia has awarded the contracts to develop and operate Anaklia – a large, game-changing deep-sea port on the eastern shore of the Black Sea – to leading American companies," reads the letter.

Georgia’s Tochinoshin Defeats a Sumo Legend

The Georgian sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, known as Tochinoshin, defeated sumo legend from Mongolia, Hakuho Sho in Natsu Basho Round 12 on Thursday.

Tochinoshin had to beat Hakuho in 25 matchups. Tochinoshin has already won 12 fights out of 14. Tochinoshin favors yotsu-sumo techniques, preferring to grapple with rather than push his opponents.

Hakuho Sho broke the record for the most wins in a calendar year, winning 86 out of 90 bouts in 2009 and repeated this feat with the same record again in 2010 when he established the second longest winning streak in sumo history. He also holds the record for the most undefeated tournament championships at thirteen, which is five more than any other sumo wrestler in history.
(By Mariam Chanishvili)