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Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of The Vice President's Meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili

Earlier today, the Vice President met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the White House.  The Vice President thanked President Saakashvili for Georgia's substantial contribution to the international effort in Afghanistan, with its battalion serving alongside United States’ troops in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.  The Vice President reiterated the United States' support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Vice President encouraged President Saakashvili's efforts to strengthen Georgia through democratic and economic reforms designed to ensure stability and prosperity.  They discussed the deep and abiding friendship between the people of the United States and Georgia based on the shared values of democracy, freedom and respect for human rights.