It is important to have a truly independent judiciary and parliament, where the diversity of votes and interests is represented, I think Georgia has been taking steps in this direction in recent months, – said Kelly Degnan, the US ambassador to Georgia, at the annual Conference Georgia and its Neighborhood.
The ambassador responded to the speeches of the speakers at the conference and spoke about the importance of the rule of law and democratic institutions in Georgia.
“Jim O’Brien mentioned the importance of the rule of law commitments, the enforcement of the rule of law. It is also important to fight corruption and properly appreciate the achievements that Georgia has already achieved, as well as to ensure a stronger civil society and censorship-free media that will help democratic institutions become stronger as any healthy democracy. Also important is a truly independent judiciary and parliament, where the diversity of voices and interests is represented, and I think Georgia has been taking steps in this direction in recent months.
We will see if Georgia follows the political will to build democratic institutions to accomplish that difficult task, and if it does, it will certainly be a leader in the region and an exemplary success story beyond the region”, – Kelly Degnan said.
According to Ambassador, as US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said at the conference, active democracy in Georgia and the commitment to closer integration with the West are the most important elements of US-Georgia relations.
“The United States and Georgia have a common vision for the region, which is to ensure its stability, conflict resolution, and prosperity, as Georgia continues to develop toward democratic governance. This view is shared by the European Union” – Kelly Degnan said.
At the same time, as the ambassador noted, she is confident that the US and EU partners will do everything for Georgia’s success.