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President Margvelashvili: Georgia Support Act Will Strengthen Georgia’s Status of the US Special Ally at the Legislative Level

The President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has visited Heritage Foundation, the research organization in Washington and discussed the US-Georgia relations and Georgia Support Act with the organization’s representatives.
President Margvelashvili has underscored the importance of outlining the long-term strategy of the US-Georgia relations that will consolidate existing and practical instruments to strengthen Georgia's security and aid the country in striving toward goals. 
According to President Margvelashvili, Georgia Support Act will strengthen Georgia's status of the US special ally at the legislative level.
President Margvelashvili has spoken about Georgia's occupation process and noted that Russia had been occupying territories of Georgia throughout years and this process did not begin in 2008.
As President Margvelashvili pointed out, Georgia has chosen the Western course of development, the path that is a part of the Georgian identity and that will lead to the country’s EU and NATO integration. Georgia suffers from the consequences of the Russian occupation; Georgian regions are declared as independent states. Despite the Russian aggression, in the form of creeping occupation, Georgian Government still takes measures to ensure the country’s development toward NATO and the EU.
The discussion at the Heritage Foundation also touched upon the presidential elections in Russia. According to President Margvelashvili, Russia has chosen a new rhetoric, which is very similar to the Cold War rhetoric. Russia has moved from the policy of sphere of privileged interests to the new Cold War policy. Today, considering the current security challenges, Georgia's political spectrum is united, as they witness outcomes of the Russian rhetoric.
As President Margvelashvili added, if NATO does not respond to Russia’s actions by opening the door for the pro-Western states that seek integration into the Alliance, global prosperity will be destroyed. 
At the end, President Margvelashvili discussed the importance of his visit to the United States. He emphasized that Washington does not need to be persuaded of Georgia’s aspirations as Georgia and the United States share common values, plans and goals.
Georgian delegation has been hosted by Kim Holmes, Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Luke Coffey, Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.

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