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President Margvelashvili Suggests US Adoption of Georgia Support Act

By Tea Mariamidze
Monday, March 19
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili thinks that adoption of the Georgia Support Act by the United States will strengthen the status of Georgia - special ally of the US, at the legislative level.

Margvelashvili made the statement while visiting the Heritage Foundation research center in Washington, in the framework of his official visit to the US.

While delivering speech before the representatives of the research center, Georgian President stated it is important to determine the long-term strategy of Georgia-US relations, which will consolidate existing and practical instruments, increase Georgia's protection and will help it achieve its goals.

Margvelashvili also spoke about various stages of Russia’s occupation policy towards Georgia, and noted that Russia had been occupying Georgia's regions in different years and that it did not start in 2008.

He added that despite Russia’s creeping occupation of Georgian territories, the country is striving to the European Union and NATO membership.

Moreover, Georgian President highlighted the main topics discussed during his meetings with the US congressman, senators and other high-ranking officials.

The Georgian delegation was hosted by the Executive Director of Heritage Foundation Kim Holmes and Director of the Foreign Policy Center -Luke Coffey.

Before that, Margvelashvili also attended the conference organized by the Atlantic Council and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), which was aimed at discussing the importance of Georgia's path forward and the US-Georgia partnership for transatlantic security.

The President concluded his visit to Washington by meeting General Herbert Raymond McMaster, the US President's Advisor on National Security Issues.

The sides discussed the recent developments in the world and in the region, as well as situation in Georgia’s breakaway Regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The meeting also focused on the importance of the Black Sea security issues, Georgia's role in the provision of the Black Sea, and the role of NATO as a key factor.

Margvelashvili highlighted the role of Georgia as the bridge connecting the Asian and European markets.

Georgian President’s visit to the US lasted from March 12 to March 17.