Antony Blinken: On behalf of US gov't, I congratulate Georgian people on Independence Day
Antony Blinken: On behalf of US gov't, I congratulate Georgian people on Independence Day

United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, congratulates the people of Georgia on Independence Day.

Antony Blinken stressed that “the United States firmly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and condemns Russia’s occupation of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.”

“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Georgia as you celebrate your Independence Day.

The United States and Georgia enjoy a strategic partnership that is based on shared values.  In the year ahead, we look forward to supporting Georgia as it works to strengthen democratic processes, create a more independent judiciary, and foster a fully engaged parliament. We will continue to support the Georgian people’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as well as their efforts to advance democratic and economic development as they rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the spirit of our ongoing cooperation, we wish you a Happy Independence Day!

We are proud to support Georgia’s efforts to strengthen its defense capabilities, and we appreciate its contributions to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan.  We honor the Georgians who have sacrificed in pursuit of global peace and security,” the statement reads.

Georgia marks Independence Day today, the day when the Act of Independence was adopted and the First Democratic Republic of Georgia established.

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