U.S. Congress considers arrests of former officials as politically motivated in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 15 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
The U.S. Congress considers the arrests of former officials in Georgia as politically motivated.
"After the 2012 parliamentary elections, the Georgian new authorities adopted several measures against former officials and members of the country's current political opposition, which, apparently, were politically motivated," the U.S. Congress's official statement on cooperation with Georgia in the defense field said.
According to the statement, Georgia is a very significant ally of the U.S., constantly demonstrating its loyalty to the common interests of the two countries, including the participation of the Georgian armed forces in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan under the NATO command and the operations conducted by the multinational forces in Iraq.
"The peaceful transfer of power, as a result of free and fair parliamentary elections carried out in October 2012, testifies to the main achievement of the Georgian people on the way of creating a free society and a full-fledged democracy," a statement said.
According to the Congress's statement, the U.S remains loyal to assist the Georgian people to create a free and democratic society in the country.
According to the Congress, the measures taken by the Georgian government against former officials and political opponents, which are politically motivated, may have a significant negative impact on the cooperation between the U.S and Georgia, including the political, economic and security issues, as well as on the progress of Georgia's accession to the international organizations.