The FINANCIAL -- Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze highlighted results of the meetings of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission's (SPC) Democracy and Governance Working Group and People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges Working Group held on 12 and 13 November in Washington.
Within the framework of the Democracy and Governance Working Group, the United States commended Georgia’s implemented reforms towards the strengthening of democracy and governance, as well as Georgia’s achievements in reforming the judiciary, law enforcement and security services, administrative and pre-trial detention, and the corrections system; Georgia’s efforts to improve the civil service, to include civil society in decision making bodies, to ensure respect for the rights of all, including members of minority populations, empowerment of women
The sides reaffirmed the importance of the aforesaid reforms in terms of Georgia’s democratic development and European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The United States pledged its continued support and assistance in achieving these goals, according to MFA of Georgia.
Within the framework of the People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges Working Group, the sides highlighted Georgia’s progress in the areas of education, culture, sport and health as well as prospects for the further strengthening of bilateral co-operation.
According to Mikheil Janelidze, the sides discussed within the framework of the two working groups indicate how deep and comprehensive the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership is and how important a role the united states plays in Georgia’s democratic transformation and in ensuring the welfare of Georgian population.
At the meetings held in Washington on 12 and 13 November, the Georgian delegation was led by co-chairs First Deputy Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, First Deputy Minister of Justice Alexander Baramidze and First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.
The U.S. delegation was led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs the USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, and the Department of Justice Regional Director for Eurasia. The delegation included broad U.S. government representation.