Secretary of State John Kerry will host Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and convene the fourth plenary session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission at the U.S. Department of State at 9:45 a.m. on February 26, 2014.
The Strategic Partnership Commission is the primary mechanism for organizing and prioritizing the broad and deepening cooperation between the United States and Georgia. It focuses on key areas of our bilateral relationship, including: democracy; defense and security; economic, trade, and energy issues; and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The upcoming plenary session will provide direction and objectives for the four bilateral working groups that will meet during the course of the year.
The U.S. delegation will include senior officials from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Departments of Commerce, Justice, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The Georgian delegation will include senior representatives from the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.
The U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership convened its first meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2009. Senior-level American and Georgian policy-makers have led subsequent meetings of each of the working groups to review commitments, update activities, and establish future objectives.
For more information please visit: http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/gg/usgeorgiacommission/index.htm.
The remarks will be open to the press.
Pre-set time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.
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