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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Saakashvili of Georgia

President Obama will host President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia for a meeting in the Oval Office on Monday, January 30th.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Republic of Georgia and the two presidents will discuss further strengthening the U.S. – Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership by enhancing cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism, energy, science, education, culture, and security.  President Obama will underscore the importance of our defense cooperation with Georgia, including Georgia’s substantial contributions to international security operations in Afghanistan.  The President will reconfirm U.S. support for the integrity of Georgia’s territory within its internationally recognized borders.  The President also looks forward to discussing upcoming elections in Georgia and the reforms that will ensure Georgia’s continuing transformation into a vibrant and stable democratic state.
 

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