Barack Obama urges Georgian leadership to continue democratic reforms
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 20 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili thanked U.S. President Barack Obama for steadfast support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Georgian presidential administration reported.
The presidents held an official meeting this evening on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Lisbon.
"President Saakashvili thanked President Obama and his Administration for their steadfast support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for affirming Georgia's path toward eventual NATO membership. President Saakashvili also expressed the gratitude of the Georgian people to the Obama administration, the US Congress, and the American people for their generous financial aid package that helped Georgia in the last two years," the administration reported.
He also stressed the importance of U.S. assistance in Georgia's continued pursuit of democratic and economic reforms.
President Obama praised Georgia's contributions to NATO's ISAF missionin Afghanistan, where almost a thousand Georgian troops are serving, and expressed his sincere appreciation for the sacrifices made by the Georgian people. He also commended Georgia's reforms and urged the Georgian leadership to continue them.
"The United States supports Georgia's Euro-Atlantic and NATO aspirations," President Obama said.