Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

 

Relations Between Georgia and the United States of America

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations with the United States of America were established on April 23, 1992

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of Georgia to the United States of America:

Archil Gegeshidze (April 2013 - present)

Temuri Yakobashvili (January 2011 - February 2013)

Batu Kutelia (March 2009 -December 2010)

Vasil Sikharulidze (February 2006 - December 2008),

Levan Mikeladze (June 2002 - January 2006),

Tedo Japaridze (July 1994 - March 2002),

Petre Chkheidze (August 1993 - July 1994).


Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of the United States of America to Georgia:

Richard Norland (August 2012 - present)

John Bass (October 2009 - July 2012)

John Teft (August 2005 - August 2009),

Richard Miles (May 2002 - August 2005),

Kenneth Yalowitz (July 1998 - June 2001),

William Courtney (September 1995 - August 1997),

Kent Brown (September 1992 - August 1995).


Honorary Consuls of Georgia to
 the United States of America:

John Everet HallHonorary Consul of Georgian in Atlanta, Georgia
Consular District: Georgia, USA

Address: 1180 West Peachtree Street, NW Atlantic Center Plaza, Suite 900 Atlanta, GA 30309
TEL: +1 (404) 954 5000, FAX: +1 (404) 954 5020, E-mail: jhall@nbss.net

David K. Shimp Honorary Consul of Georgian in Charleston, South Carolina
Consular District:  South Carolina, USA

Address: 525 East Bay Street, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29403
TEL: +1 (843) 266-0561; FAX: +1 (843) 266-0729, E-mail: d.shimp@comcast.net


Fields of Cooperation

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the newly independent Georgia, the US has provided immense political, military, financial and humanitarian assistance to Georgia. The United States has become one of the main international guarantors of Georgia's sovereignty. The US reiterated strong support of the territorial integrity of Georgia and its Euro Atlantic integration.

On 9 January 2009 in Washington DC the Charter on Strategic Partnership between Georgia and the United States was signed. The Charter is based on the principles of Strategic cooperation between the two states and support for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders and the strengthening of democracy and stability. It represents a very important framework for the enhancement of cooperation in the spheres of security and defense, economy and trade, energy, culture and education, as well as for the strengthening of democratic institutions and extension of people to people contacts.

23  meetings of the security, democracy, people to people and economy/energy/trade working groups  in the framework of the US-Georgia Charter and 3 plenary sessions were held to date.

 

2013

1)     Working Group on Democracy and Good Governance  April  12, 2013, Tbilisi. Georgia

2)     Working Group on Defense and Security,  December 9, 2013 Washington, D.C.

3)     Working Group on People to People and Cultural Exchanges, December 12, 2013, Washington D.C.

4)     Working Group on Economic, Energy and Trade, December 13, 2013 Washington, D.C.    

 

2012

1)     Working  Group on Democracy and Good Governance  April 16, 2012 , Washington, D.C.

2)     US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission  and 4 working group meeting  June 5, 2012, Batumi, Georgia 

3)     Working Group on Defense and Security, November 29, 2012 Tbilisi, Georgia  

4)     Working Group on Economic, Energy and Trade, December 17, 2012 Washington, D.C.   

5)     Working Group on People to People and Cultural Exchanges, December 18, 2013, Washington D.C.

 

2011

1)     Working Group on People to People and Cultural Exchanges, March 15, 2011  Washington D.C.

2)     Working Group on Democracy and Good GovernanceApril 27, 2011Tbilisi, Georgia

3)     Working Group on Economic, Energy and Trade, May 10, 2011 Washington, D.C.   

4)     Working Group on Defense and Security,  July 18, 2011 Washington, D.C.

 

2010

1)     Working Group on People to People and Cultural Exchanges, January 21, 2010,  Tbilisi, Georgia

2)     Working Group on Economic, Energy and Trade, February 25, 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia

3)     US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission  and 4 working group meeting,  October 6, 2010, Washington DC

 

2009

1)     United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, Signing Ceremony, January 9, 2009 Washington, D.C.

2)     Working Group on Democracy and Good Governance,  November 17,  2009Tbilisi, Georgia

 

Defense and Security Cooperation

The most important episode of the US-Georgian cooperation was the implementation of Georgia Train and Equip Program (GTEP) initiated in 2002 and followed by the Sustainment and Stability Operations Program (SSOP) in 2005. Three Georgian brigades trained under the GTEP and SSOP have been deployed in Iraq under the U.S. leadership in 2005-2008.

Since March 2010 under the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command Georgian infantry battalions participate in ISAF Operation in Afghanistan. More than 11.000 Georgian troops have been trained since 2010 under the auspices of GDP-ISAF program.

Hereby, military educational programs, U.S. Advisory teams, assessment visits of the U.S. experts are important to be mentioned. These programs financed and implemented by the U.S. side aim to increase Georgia’s defense capabilities, stimulate defense reforms and enhance the level of military education.

One of the important directions of U.S.-Georgia security cooperation is Biological Threat Reduction Program, which is the priority area of cooperation in the sphere of non-proliferation of WMD. Within the framework of the program Central Public Health Reference Laboratory (CPHRL) has been established.

Considering Georgia’s progress in defense system modernization, democratic and economic reforms and its substantial contribution to ISAF operation the U.S. President declared publicly about enhancing defense cooperation with Georgia after the meeting with his Georgian counterpart in 2012. Later on, on the meetings of the both countries’ defense officials the main directions of Enhanced Defense Cooperation have been identified.

The aim of Enhanced Defense Cooperation is to enhance Georgia’s defense system modernization, accelerate defense reforms, increase the level of NATO interoperability and improve self-defense capabilities.

In August 2013 as a result of the meeting between Minister of Defense of Georgia and U.S. Secretary of Defense two new areas were added to the list of Enhanced Defense Cooperation.


Economic Cooperation

Trade flow with the USA, 2000 - 2013 (in million USD)

 

Year

Export

Import

2000

7,1

69,6

2001

8,8

64,1

2002

13,5

68,8

2003

15,4

90,7

2004

21,2

110,9

2005

26,7

146,9

2006

58,5

129,6

2007

149

203,8

2008

102,2

358,1

2009

36,9

231,6

2010 187,2 180,9
2011 143,5 245,8
2012 226,2 213,2
2013 (Jan-Oct) 120,3 211,6

 

GSP mode applies to a wide spectrum of agricultural products exported from Georgia to the USA that gives the possibility of application of the favorable customs duties to the Georgian products.

The US Foreign Direct Investment in Georgia in 2007-2012 amounted to 426.5 Million USD that constitutes 8.4% of the total Foreign Direct Investments in Georgia for the same period. FDI for the year 2013 January-September amounts to 62.8 Million USD, which shows an increase of investments by over 117% compared to the same period in 2012.

Assistance Programs

The US assistance in various spheres have been increased since the Rose Revolution in November 2003, when the people of Georgia manifested to the international community its true desire to build a state based on the principles of democracy, market economy and the rule-of-law.

Millenium Challenge Corporation 

Georgia was one of the first countries to sign a compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation over five-year period in September 2005. This compact totalling $395.3 million is focused on different projects for rehabilitating regional infrastructure and promoting private sector development.

In June 11, 2013 the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors approved a five-year, $140 million second compact with Georgia to increase the quality of human capital by investing in science and technology education and workforce development.

To improve the quality of education in these fields and increase earning potential, the proposed compact will make strategic investments from the start of a student’s general education to graduation from technical training and advanced degree programs, including a focus on increasing women’s participation in STEM professions.

The compact consists of three projects:

1)     The Improving General Education Quality Project seeks to improve the quality of general education through rehabilitation of deteriorating schools, training for educators and school managers and support for education assessments.

2)     The Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development Project aims to improve the link between market-demanded skills and the supply of Georgians with those technical skills.

3)     The STEM Higher Education Project proposes to attract one or more American university partners to modernize science, technology, engineering, and math education by offering high-quality degree programs that boost productivity and growth and increase employment opportunities.

Following the Russian aggression, 1 bln. USD assistance was pledged by the US Government to Georgia for the economic recovery. The two-year assistance package will be used to finance actions aimed at humanitarian assistance to the displaced persons, promoting democratic reforms and rule of law, stimulating economic growth and rebuilding the infrastructure.

US Government supports various academic and professional programs in Georgia (Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship ProgramFuture Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX), Fulbright Program, Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)Legislative Fellows Program(LFP)) etc.


Energy Cooperation


Energy cooperation is one of the main pillars of Georgia-US bilateral relations. The US is deeply interested in diversification of the world energy markets and continuously supports projects in this regard. Georgia is viewed as a favorable transit country for the Caspian oil and gas resources.

On February 25, 2010 the Assistance Agreement was signed between Georgia and the USA. According to agreement, 122,500,000 USD as part of the 1 billion USD pledge, will be invested in the development of the Georgian energy sector and infrastructure. 

Important Visits:

From Georgian Side:

2014

 

  • March 20-21, 2014 - Visit of Members of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Tedo Japaridze and Ms. Tina Khidasheli (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • March 17-19, 2014 - Visit of Members of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Tedo Japaridze and Ms. Tina Khidasheli (Williamsburg, VA, USA)
  • March 13-16, 2014 - Visit of Members of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Tedo Japaridze and Ms. Tina Khidasheli (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • February 27-28, 2014 - Visit of Prime-Minister of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Garibashvili (NY, NY, USA)
  • February 27-28, 2014 - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ms. Maia Panjikidze (NY, NY, USA)
  • February 25-28, 2014 - Visit of Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Darchiashvili (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • February 25-27, 2014 - Visit of Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Janelidze (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • February 25-27, 2014 - Visit of Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Vice-Prime Minister, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • February 22-27, 2014 - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ms. Maia Panjikidze (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • February 22-27, 2014 - Visit of Prime-Minister of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Garibashvili (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • February 11-13, 2014 - Visit of Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Davit Sergeenko (Washington, D.C. USA)
  • February 8-14, 2014 - Visit of State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Mr. Paata Zakareishvili (Washington, D.C. USA)

 

2013

  • December 9-13, 2013 - Visit of the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. David Zalkaliani  (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • December 9-13, 2013 - Visit of the First Deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia, Mr. David Dondua (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • December 9-12, 2013 - Visit of the Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Darchiashvili  (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • December 3, 2013 - Bilateral meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mrs. Maia Panjikidze and the U.S. Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry (Brussels, Belgium);
  • November 19-21, 2013 - Visit of the Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Darchiashvili  (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • October 7-10, 2013 – Visit of Georgian MPs –Mrs. Tinatin Khidasheli and Mr. Irakli Chikovani (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • October 5-12, 2013 - Visit of the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Mr. Nodar Khaduri (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • September 30 - October 4, 2013 - Visit of the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia, Mr. Alex Petriashvili  (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • September 24-27, 2013 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili  (New York, NY, USA);
  • September 23-27, 2013 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mrs. Maia Panjikidze  (New York, NY, USA);
  • September 18, 2013 – Visit of Minority Leader of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. David Bakradze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • August 19-29, 2013 - Visit of the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Alasania (Washington, D.C., New-York, NY, USA);  
  • July 31-August 2, 2013 - Visit of Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Dr. David Sergeenko (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • July 15-19, 2013 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mrs. Maia Panjikidze, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Archil Kbilashvili and the Delegation of the Parliament of Georgia (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • June 3-7, 2013 - 2013 Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mrs. Maia Panjikidze (New-York, NY; Washington, D.C. USA);
  • May 13-14, 2013 – Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili and delegation of the parliamentary minority (Washington, D.C. USA); 
  • April 30 - May 3, 2013 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili (Sedona, AZ; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; USA);
  • April 24, 2013 – Bilateral meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mrs. Maia Panjikidze and the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry (Brussels, Belgium);
  • April 17-20, 2013 - Visit of Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • April 15-18, 2013 - Visit of the First Minister of Defense of Georgia, Mr. Levan Dolidze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • April 13-22, 2013 - Visit of the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Mr. Nodar Khaduri (Washington, D.C. USA);  
  • March 26-29, 2013 Visit of the Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia, Mr. Alexander Baramidze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • March 11-15, 2013 – Visit of Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. David Usupashvil (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • March 4-6, 2013 – Visit of Minority Leader of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. David Bakradze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • March 1, 2013 - Visit of the Minister of Regional development and infrastructure of Georgia, Mr. David Narmania (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • February 19-23, 2013 – Visit of Minister of Justice of Georgia, Ms. Thea Tsulukiani (Washington, D.C., New York, NY, USA);
  • January 28-30 2013 - Visit of the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Mr. Nodar Khaduri (Washington, D.C. USA).

2012

  • December 16-19, 2012 - Visit of the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. David Zalkaliani  (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • December 12-13, 2012 – Visit of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • December 11-13, 2012 - Visit of the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. David Kirvalidze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • November 28-30, 2012 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mrs. Maia Panjikidze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • September 3-6, 2012  - Georgian Delegation participated in Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte (North Carolina). Delegation included Speaker of the Parliament Mr. David Bakradze and Mrs. Eka Tkeshelashvili, Vice Prime-Minister;
  • August 26-30, 2012 - Georgian Delegation participated in the Republican Party Convention in Tampa (Florida). Delegation included: Mrs. Eka Tkeshelashvili, Vice Prime-Minister, Mr. Irakli Kavtaradze, Member of Parliament and Mr. Giorgi Kandelaki, Member of Parliament;
  • May 6-13, 2012 - Visit of the Vice-Prime Minister, the State Minister for Reintegration Mrs. Eka Tkeshelashvili (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • 18-21 April, 2012 - Visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Nika Gilauri (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • April 15-20, 2012 - Visit of the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia, Mr. George Bokeria (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • April 15-17, 2012 - Visit of the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Sergi Kapanadze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • January 28-February 2, 2012 - Official visit of the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili (Delegation: Mr. Gregory Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Mr. George Bokeria, Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia; Ms. Vera Kobalia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Mrs. Eka Tkeshelashvili, Vice-Prime Minister, the State Minister for Reintegration; Mr. Sergi Kapanadze, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia), (Washington, D.C. USA).

2011

  • October 31 - November 6, 2011 – Visit of Chairman of Parliament of Georgia Mr. David Bakradze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • September 19-23, 2011 – Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili (New-York, NY, USA);
  • September 18-24, 2011 – Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Gregory Vashadze (New-York,NY, USA);
  • September 13-22, 2011 – Visit of Prime-Minister of Georgia, Mr. Nika Gilauri (New-York, NY, USA);
  • September 14-22, 2011 – Visit of State Minister for Euro and Euro-atlantic Integration, Mr. Giorgi Baramidze (New-York, NY, USA);
  • May 6, 2011 – Visit of the State Minister for Reintegration, Mrs. Eka Tkeshelashvili (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • March 10-16, 2011- Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili (Washington D.C. USA);
  • February 17-18, 2011 – Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Gregory Vashadze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • February 1-2, 2011 – Visit of the Prime-Minister of Georgia, Mr. Nika Gilauri (Washington, D.C. USA);  
  • January 14, 2011 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili (Washington, D.C. USA).

2010

  • November 19, 2010 – Within NATO Lisbon Summit, meeting of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili and President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama;
  • October 5-10, 2010 - Visit of Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. David Bakradze (Washington, D.C. USA); 
  • September 13-19, 2010 - Visit of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ms. Vera Kobalia (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • April 11-19, 2010 - Visit of the President of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • February 22-26, 2010 - Visit of the Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Ms. Eka Tkeshelashvili (Washington D.C. USA);
  • February 24-26, 2010 - Visit of the State Minister for Reintegration Mr. Temuri Yakobashvili (Washington, D.C. USA).

2009

  • October 2009 - Visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Davit Bakradze (Washington D.C. USA);
  • June 1-4, 2009 - Visit of the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Mr. Vasil Sikharulidze (Washington D.C. USA);
  • April 13-16, 2009 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Gregory Vashadze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • January 2009 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Gregory Vashadze (Washington, D.C. USA).

2008

  • April 20-23, 2008 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Gregory Vashadze (Washington, D.C. USA);
  • March 18-20, 2008 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili (Washington, D.C. USA).

2007

  • September 11, 2007 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Gela Bezhuashvili (Washington, D.C. USA).

2006

  • December 4-14, 2006 - Visit of the Prime-Minister of Georgia Mr. Zurab Noghaideli;
  • September 2006 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili;
  • September 2006 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Gela Bezhuashvili;
  • July 11-14, 2006 - Visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Ms. Nino Burjanadze;
  • July 3-6, 2006 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili;
  • February 2006 - Visit of the Prime-Minister of Georgia, Mr. Zurab Noghaideli.

2005

  • December 15-17, 2005 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Gela Bezhuashvili;
  • September 2005 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili;

2004

  • February 24-27, 2004 -Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili;
  • September 2004 - Visit of the President of Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili.

 

From the U.S. Side:

2013

 

  • December 6-10, 2013 - Visit of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Ms. Victoria Nuland.
  • October 27, 2013 - Visit of Congressman John Shimkus as a chair of the IRI short-term observation mission to the Presidential Elections of Georgia; 
  • February 20-23, 2013 – Visit of Congressional Delegation - U.S. Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (chair), Paul Cook, Brian Higgins and Ted Poe.

 

2012

  • November 15-17, 2012 - Visit of the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Mr. Philip Gordon;
  • November 6-7, 2012 - Visit of the Special Representative for Women’s Global Affairs, Ms. Melanne Verveer;
  • September 30-October 2, 2012 – Visit of Election Observation Mission – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and James Risch;
  • September 30 - October 2, 2012 – Visit of Election Observation Mission – U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks, NDI; David Dryer, IRI/Chair; Kay Granger, IRI;
  • September 10-12, 2012 - Visit of Interagency delegation, headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Thomas Melia;
  • September 6-7, 2012 – Visit of Congressional Delegation – U.S. Senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, Lindsey Graham;
  • September 3, 2012 – Visit of Congressional Delegation – U.S. Representative Dan Barton, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats;
  • July 5-7 2012 - Visit of Congressional Delegation – U.S. Representatives Kevin McCarthy (chair), Karen Bass, Peter Roskam, Kay Granger, Mac Thornberry, Mike Kelly, Thomas Rooney, Adrian Smith;
  • July 2-4 2012 – Visit of Congressional Delegation – U.S. Representatives Bill Shuster (chair), Duncan Hunter, Jeff Dunham, Jason Altmire, Adam Kinzinger, Brett Guthrie, Blake Farenthold;
  • June 12, 2013 – Visit of Congressional Delegation – U.S. Representative Dan Barton, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats;
  • June 4-6, 2012 - Visit of the Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary Clinton; Batumi, Georgia;
  • May 30 - June 1, 2012 - Visit of Senator Richard Durbin;
  • March 5-7, 2012 - Visit of the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, Mr. David Robinson.  

2011

  • November 22-24, 2011 - Visit of Congressional Delegation - U.S. Representatives David Dryer (chair), Donald Payne, Ed Whitfield;
  • October 19, 2011 – Visit of the U.S. Assistant Secretary, Mr. William Burns;
  • June 27-29, 2011 – Visit of Congressional Delegation - U.S. Representatives Dan Barton (chair), Ruben Hinojosa, Michael McIntyre, Madeleine Bordallo, Tom Marino, Ted Deutch;
  • June 4-7, 2011 – Visit of Congressional Delegation from House Democratic Partnership Commission – U.S. Representatives David Dryer (chair), David Price, Brad Miller, Susan Davis;  
  • May 20, 2011 – Visit of Congressional Delegation from House Armed Services Committee – U.S. Representatives Michael Turner (chair), Loretta Sanchez, Doug Lamborn;
  • April 30 - May 1, 2011 – Visit of Congressional Delegation - U.S. Representatives Bill Shuster (chair), Chris Murphy, Sean Duffy, Adam Kinzinger, Cedric Richmond, John Runyan;
  • April 18, 2011- Visit of Congressional Delegation - U.S. Senators John Kyl (chair), Jeff Sessions, Ron Johnson, Mike Crapo;
  • March 18, 2011 – Visit of the Assistant Defense Secretary, Mr. Andrew Weber;
  • February 22, 2011 – Visit of U.S. Deputy State Secretary, Mr.  James Steinberg.

2010

  • November 5, 2010 – Visit of U.S. Senators John McCain and Carl Levine Staff Delegation;
  • October 20-22, 2010 – Visit of Millennium Challenge CEO, Mr. Daniel Yohanness;
  • October 18-21, 2010 – Visit of Atlantic Council Task Force on Georgia;
  • September 8-9, 2010 – Visit of U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Juan Verde;
  • September 5-8, 2010 – Visit of the Congressional Delegation chaired by Rep. Jim Marshall; 
  • July 5, 2010 – Visit of U.S. State Secretary, Mrs. Hillary Clinton;
  • February 25, 2010 – Visit of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for economic, Energy and Business Affairs, Mr. Jose Fernandez;  
  • February 20-22, 2010 - Visit of the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mr. Richard Holbrooke;
  • February 5, 2010 - Visit of the US Deputy Secretary of State Mr. James Steinberg;
  • January 13-14, 2010 - Visit of the U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, Mr. Richard Morningstar;
  • January 10, 2010 - Visit of the U.S. Senator, Mr. John McCain;

2009

  • October 19-20, 2009 - Visit of the Assistant Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs Mr. Alexander Vershbow;
  • June 10-11, 2009 - Visit of the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Mr. Philip Gordon;
  • July 23-24, 2009- Visit of the Vice President of the United States, Mr. Joseph Biden;

2008

  • September 4, 2008 - Visit of the Vice President of the United States, Mr. Richard Cheney;
  • August 15, 2008 - Visit of the U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Condoleezza Rice;
  • July 9, 2008 - Visit of the U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Condoleezza Rice;

2006

  • October 16-18, 2006 - Visit of the US Assistant Secretary of State Mr. Daniel Fried;
  • August 26-28, 2006 - Visit of the Congressional Delegation headed by Senator John McCain;
  • March 19 - 21, 2006 - Visit of the US Under Secretary of State Ms. Henrietta H. Fore;

2005

  • May 9-11, 2005 - Visit of the U.S. President Mr. George W. Bush;
  • May 9-11, 2005 - Visit of the Secretary of State Ms. Condoleezza Rice;
  • May 9-11, 2005 - Visit of the US National Security Adviser Mr. Stephen Hadley;

2004

  • January 25-26, 2004 - Visit of the U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Colin Powell;

2003

  • December 2003 - Visit of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mr. Donald Rumsfeld.

 

Legal Framework

  • Joint Declaration on Relations between Georgia and the USA (1992);
  • Agreement on Promotion of Investments between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the USA (1992);
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the USA on Cooperation, Supporting Humanitarian and Technical Economic Assistance (1992);
  • Joint Declaration on Relations between Georgia and the USA (1994);
  • Agreement between Georgia and the USA on Cooperation in the field of Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and on Expanding Defense and Military Relations (1997);
  • Agreement between Georgia State Department of Boarder Security and the US Department of Defense on Assistance in Creating Export Control System in Georgia for Prevention of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (2001);
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the USA on Cooperation in the Field of Strengthening the Rule of Law (2001);
  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the USA on the Peace Corps Program in Georgia (2001);
  • Agreement between Georgia and the USA on Caucasus Regional Environment Protection Center (2000);
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the USA (2001);
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the USA on Cooperation in Defense Sphere (2002);
  • Agreement between the Ministry of Defense of Georgia and the Department of Defense of USA on Cooperation in the field of Prevention of Developing of Biological Weapon Technologies, Pathogens and Spreading Information (2002);
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the USA (2003);
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the USA on Program "Food-stuffs for Progress" accordingly transferring Agricultural goods free of charge (2004);
  • Open Skies Aviation Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the USA (2007);
  • Framework Agreement between Georgia and the USA on Trade and Investments (2007);
  • Assistance Agreement between Georgia and the US (for the development of the Energy sector) (2010).


U.S. Congress Resolutions on Georgia

-        19 September, 2012: H. Res. 526 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect toward the establishment of a democratic and prosperous Republic of Georgia and the establishment of a peaceful and just resolution to the conflict with Georgia’s internationally recognized borders. Sponsor: Bill Shuster.  

-        29 July, 2011: S.Res.175 Expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to ongoing violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and the importance of a peaceful and just resolution to the conflict within Georgia’s internationally recognized borders. Sponsor: Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

-        16 December, 2011: U.S. Congress approved National Defense Authorization Act for FY2012, which included provision initiated by Senator John McCain on normalizing U.S.-Georgia Defense Cooperation.

-        3 June, 2008:  S.Res. 550 Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding provocative and dangerous statements made by the Government of the Russian Federation that undermine the territorial integrity of the Republic of Georgia. Sponsor: Senator Joseph Biden.

-        1 April, 2008: H.Res. 997 Expressing the strong support of the House of Representatives for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to enter into a Membership Action Plan with Georgia and Ukraine. Sponsor: Rep. Robert Wexler.

-        14 February, 2008: S.Res. 439 Expressing the strong support of the Senate for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to enter into a Membership Action Plan with Georgia and Ukraine. Senator Richard Lugar.

-        13 December, 2007: S.Res. 391 Calling on the President of the United States to engage in an open discussion with the leaders of the Republic of Georgia to express support for the planned presidential elections and the expectation that such elections will be held in a manner consistent with democratic principles. Senator Richard Lugar.

-        15 March, 2007:  NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2007 - A bill to endorse further enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and to facilitate the timely admission of new members to NATO, and for other purposes adopted by U.S. Senate. Sponsor Senator Richard Lugar. Signed by President on 9 April. The Bill designates Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia (FYROM), and Ukraine as eligible to receive assistance under the NATO Participation Act of 1994.

-        5 April, 2005 and 8 February, 2005:  Resolution commemorating the life of the late Zurab Zhvania, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Georgia, respectively, H.Res. 108 (Sponsor Elton Gallegly ) and S.Res. 46 (Sponsor Richard Lugar).

-        21 December, 2005: S.Res. 344 Expressing support for the Government of Georgia's South Ossetia Peace Plan and the successful and peaceful reintegration of the region into Georgia. Sponsor: John McCain.

 

Links

US Department of State: www.state.gov

US Embassy in Georgia: www.georgia.usembassy.gov

Embassy of Georgia to the United States: www.usa.mfa.gov.ge; facebook: Embassy of Georgia to the United States  twitter:@GeorgianEmbassy

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Georgia:www.georgia.usaid.gov

 
 

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