Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Philip Reeker, Senior Advisor of the US Department of State for Caucasus Negotiations and the Geneva International Discussions, in a working dinner format, 1tv.ge reports.
At the meeting, Irakli Garibashvili and Philip Reeker discussed the importance of Georgia’s strategic partnership with the United States. The positive dynamic of strategic partnership-preconditioned by the steps taken with the scope of the cooperation between the two countries-was underlined. Full commitment to further deepening and strengthening the current cooperation was expressed at the meeting.
The conversation also touched on the security situation in the region and the South Caucasus and Georgia’s mediatory role in Armenia-Azerbaijan dialogue. Irakli Garibashvili pointed out that negotiations are the only and important way to resolve any conflict and ensure progress.
Philip Reeker later issued a video address elaborating on the US-Georgia partnership, US and Georgia’s role in promoting opportunities for peace and the potential of the South Caucasus.
According to Reeker, Georgia continues to contribute to regional security.
“I am delighted to be back in Georgia, a country that is critically important for regional peace, stability and interconnectivity. When I was here last year, I worked closely with Georgia’s leaders to mediate between your neighbours Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili played an indispensable role in ensuring the release of detainees and sharing the locations of landmines in combat zones. Through its support for the European Union Monitoring capacity, Georgia continues to contribute to regional security.
I’m pleased to meet again with the Prime Minister and discuss regional issues. In October, I led the US delegation to the Geneva International Discussions.
As he noted, the United States remains committed to helping ensure the security and prosperity of Georgia.
“This includes our firm commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are proud to stand with Georgia as you pursue NATO and EU membership. The United States will continue to do what we can to help you achieve your Atlantic integration because that is the future that people want and deserve,” he added.