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): "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»
Meetings of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission’s Working Groups
December 9-13, 2013: The U.S. Department of State hosted working group meetings of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission December 9-13. All the working groups congratulated Georgia on its well-administered presidential election and initialing an Association Agreement with the European Union that includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which represent significant signs of Georgia's progress towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Full Text of Joint Statement»Media Note»Photos»
U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on Democracy and Good Governance
Apr. 12, 2013: The working group met in Georgia to review progress on goals set at the June 2012 SPC plenary session in Batumi. The meeting underscored continuing U.S. support for Georgia's democratic development, and noted that the October 2012 elections and peaceful change of government were positive steps in demonstrating Georgia's progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration. Joint Statement»
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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