4 US congressmen's letter to Georgian PM published
23 January, 2020
4 US congressmen's letter to Georgian PM published
The Administration of the Government of Georgia has published a letter sent by 4 US Congressmen to Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. The letter is signed by Adam Kinzinger, Gerry Connolly, Michael McCaul and Eliot Engel.

We are alarmed by politicization of Anaklia Deep Sea Port project. The Georgian Dream’s perceived political targeting of the US-backed Anaklia Development Consortium has now deterred or prevented investment from American companies in this important project, US Congressmen said in the letter.

The Congressmen noted
as well that these developments seem to reflect an increasingly unfavourable business environment and could deter future US investment in Georgia.

“Decreased foreign investment not only hurts the Georgian people and their hopes for deeper integration with Western institutions, but it also strengthens Vladimir Putin’s hand in the region”, the letter reads.

The US Congressmen express hope that the Government of Georgia will work with the US Congress, new Ambassador Kelly Degnan, the European Union and non-governmental organizations to strengthen democratic institutions and enhance economic prosperity for Georgian people.
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Letter published by the Administration of the Government of Georgia

We continue to encourage you to protect the legitimacy of 2020 parliamentary elections and ensure they are guarded against both internal and external interference, US Congressmen said in the letter.

“As Georgia moves toward the 2020 parliamentary elections under Georgian Dream’s leadership, we continue to encourage you to protect the legitimacy of these elections and ensure they are guarded against both internal and external interference. In your response letter, dated December 17, 2019, you pledged that the 2020 elections would be held to the highest standards. Yet, recent reports indicate that Facebook had to shut down an extensive network of accounts funded by Georgian Dream. The fact that these accounts were apparently spreading anti-democratic, anti-Western sentiments is simply unacceptable,” the letter reads.

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger wrote about the letter on Twitter yesterday. As Kinzinger pointed out, the Congressmen sent a letter to the Georgian Prime Minister "with grave concerns over political targeting and a declining economic trend that spells trouble for Georgia’s path towards democratic reform and Western integration".

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