Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Economic, Trade, and Energy Working Group
May 6, 2015: The Economic Working Group reaffirmed the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia. The United States congratulated Georgia for its significant progress in implementing reforms required by the Association Agreement with the European Union, noting this demonstrated Georgia's continued achievements in realizing its Euro-Atlantic integration goals. The United States also expressed continued readiness to assist Georgia as it implements the Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. Full Text»
Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission
Apr. 24, 2015: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia hosted the Security and Defense Working Group meeting under the U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission on April 23, 2015, in Tbilisi. The Security and Defense Working Group stressed continuing U.S. support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and joint non-recognition efforts. Full Text»Photos»
Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges
Dec. 18, 2014: The United States reiterated its strong support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and reaffirmed that it will not recognize the legitimacy of any so-called "treaty" between Georgia's Abkhazia region and the Russian Federation. The Working Group highlighted the continued support of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID to improve the quality of education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in Georgia. The Working Group also discussed the effective cooperation between the United States and Georgia to strengthen public health. Full Text»
2014 Economic Working Group Joint Statement
Oct. 30, 2014: The working group reaffirmed the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia, and the United States congratulated Georgia for unanimously ratifying its Association Agreement with the European Union to include a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, demonstrating Georgia's significant progress towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Full Text»
Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on Democracy and Governance
Apr. 25, 2014: The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission's (SPC) Democracy and Governance Working Group met in Tbilisi to review progress on goals set at the Working Group’s previous meeting in April 2013 in Tbilisi. The meeting builds on a plenary session of the SPC held during the Prime Minister of Georgia’s February 2014 visit to Washington, DC, which also included a meeting with the President of the United States. Full Text»
Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 26, 2014): "And as we approach the challenges ahead together, we can take confidence in what we have already achieved together. Our strategic partnership is stronger than ever, thanks in no small part to the work that we have done as part of this commission and the work that we will continue in the discussion today." Full Text»Notice to the Press»Joint Statement»Photos»
A Brief History of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission:
The strength of U.S.-Georgia relations is affirmed in the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, signed by then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze in Washington, DC, on January 9, 2009. The first meeting of the Strategic Partnership Commission, held on June 22, 2009, launched four bilateral working groups on priority areas identified in the Charter: democracy, defense and security, economic, trade and energy issues, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
Senior-level American and Georgian policy-makers lead yearly meetings of each working group to review commitments, update activities, and establish future objectives. Since the signing of the Charter, the United States and Georgia have strengthened their mutual cooperation based on U.S. support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and its commitment to further democratic reform.
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