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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

President Obama’s Discussion with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia

President Obama met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili after the memorial service for Richard Holbrooke.   Vice President Biden joined him for the conversation.  The President expressed his gratitude to President Saakashvili for making the trip to Washington for the memorial service and for the award that the Georgian president had bestowed on Ambassador Holbrooke posthumously.  The leaders discussed Georgia’s efforts to advance its economic development and increase trade.  They also discussed security challenges in the Caucasus and the work of ISAF forces in Afghanistan, where brave Georgians stand shoulder to shoulder with American forces.