National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton visited Georgia today. Vice-prime minister of Georgia and minister of the internal affairs Giorgi Gakharia and Head of the State Security Service of Georgia Vakhtang Gomelauri hosted Bolton in the Ministry of internal affairs.
Issues of regional security, prospects of further cooperation and challenges that Georgia faces, were discussed at the meeting. The importance of strategic cooperation between the USA and Georgia over security issues was emphasized during the meeting.
within the frameworks of his visit, the U.S. National Security Adviser has already met with Foreign Minister of Georgia Davit Zalkalian.
John Bolton will meet with Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze later today.
Assistant to the United States President for National Security Affairs John Bolton started his trip on October 20. The trip includes Bolton’s visits to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.
Bolton said in a
Twitter post that he will meet with his counterparts and other senior
officials “to advance American interests on a range of security issues.”
The security situation in the occupied territories of Georgia was one of the main topics of the conversation between Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton.
“We had a very interesting and meaningful conversation about all the main directions of Georgia-US strategic partnership. We touched upon all topical issues. We talked about the global and regional challenges Georgia has to tackle. We will find it difficult to tackle these challenges unless the active support from our main strategic partner – the US. One of the most important challenges in terms of security is the current situation in the occupied regions of Georgia. We have very clear and serious support from our strategic partner in this direction. The issue is constantly on the agenda of the US policy and is the subject of their bilateral dialogue with the Russian Federation. Naturally, we talked about how to get out of this situation with the peace initiatives of Georgia. Of course, it is important to have more involvement of international actors, “FM Zalkaliani told journalists.
The Minister said that at the meeting they talked about the issues related to Georgia-US economic relationship.