US House of Representatives passes bipartisan Georgia Support Act
23 October, 2019
US House of Representatives passes bipartisan Georgia Support Act
The United States House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan Georgia Support Act, introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Gerry Connolly and co-sponsored by 31 other US legislators, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia announced on Wednesday.

With the Georgia Support Act the US supports: continued development of democratic values in Georgia, including free and fair elections, public sector transparency and accountability, the rule of law, and anti-corruption efforts; the country’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised
borders; the right of the Georgian people to freely determine their future and make independent and sovereign choices on foreign and security policy, Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic and European integration.

The bill says that the US does not recognises the occupations of Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali by the Russian Federation.

It also condemns ongoing detentions, kidnappings and other human rights violations committed in the regions "forcibly occupied" by the Russian Federation, including the recent killings of Georgian citizens Archil Tatunashvili, Giga Otkhozoria and Davit Basharuli.

The bipartisan bill supports peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia and establishment of international security mechanisms in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) as well.

It calls for the safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees, all of which are important for lasting peace and security on the ground.

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia expressed gratitude to the US House of Representatives for passing the Georgia Support Act.

“On behalf of the Georgian people, I want to thank the US House of Representatives for passing the Georgia Support Act. It represents the first standalone legislation related to Georgia dedicated to taking our partnership to the next level. The US is our closest strategic ally,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

The Prime Minister said that the Georgia Support Act significantly strengthens defense, economic, and cyber security ties between Georgia and the United States.

“The Georgia Support Act significantly strengthens defense, economic, and cyber security ties between Georgia and the United States. Closer partnership with the US will help create more jobs, build a strong middle class, and maintain sustainable security in Georgia,” the PM wrote.

Photo courtesy: www.express.co.uk

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