U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission

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Joint Statement of the 2016 U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges

Jan. 9, 2017: Both sides affirmed the strong people-to-people ties between the United States and Georgia, and agreed to continue working together to strengthen strategic communications within the Georgian government, and to showcase the benefits of Georgia’s choice to join European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. Full Text»

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Defense and Security Working Group

Aug. 4, 2016: The Working Group noted the historic events leading up to this meeting, including the signing of the Memorandum on Deepening the Defense and Security Partnership between the United States of America and Georgia on July 6 and the NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 8-9, which included the NATO-Georgia Commission's Joint Statement welcoming Georgia's significant progress in its preparations towards membership. Full Text»

Secretary Kerry's Visit to Georgia To Co-chair the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission

Date: 07/06/2016 Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Description: Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands with Georgian President Margvelashvili at the Chancellery in Tbilisi. - State Dept Image

July 6, 2016: Secretary Kerry and Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili co-chaired a plenary meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission in Tbilisi. As part of the meeting, Secretary Kerry announced several new initiatives to further strengthen our bilateral cooperation. Remarks» Fact Sheet» Media Note» Trip Page»

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on Democracy and Governance

June 22, 2016: Both sides affirmed the importance of strong, depoliticized government institutions and transparent and accountable governance. The United States commended the progress made by Georgia in furthering its reform agenda. The sides agreed that an open, pluralistic, and peaceful political environment is essential to Georgia's goal to make the October parliamentary elections a showcase of Georgia's democratic progress. Full Text»

Joint Statement of the 2016 U.S.-Georgia Economic, Energy, and Trade Working Group

Apr. 12, 2016: The Working Group reaffirmed the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia, emphasized U.S. support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration path, and identified priorities for future cooperation in economic growth, energy, trade, science, and technology. The United States commended Georgia's ongoing judicial and other reforms and encouraged Georgia to continue its work in these areas to attract foreign investment, develop trade ties, and bolster energy security. Full Text»

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.