Georgian president to visit White House
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili will meet with US President Barack Obama later this month in Washington, the White House said Tuesday.
The January 30 meeting is to mark the 20th anniversary of relations between the two countries and will discuss cooperation in areas such as trade, energy, national security, and Georgian involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan, dpa reported.
Obama will also "reconfirm US support for the integrity of Georgia's territory within its internationally recognized borders" and discuss upcoming elections in Georgia, the White House said.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the Russian troops occupied the Tskhinvali city and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as the occupied territories.