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​President Margvelashvili Visits West Point Military Academy

Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia has visited West Point Military Academy, as part of his working visit to the United States.
Lieutenant General Darryl Williams has hosted President Margvelashvili at the official reception. The Academy’s orchestra performed Georgian and US national anthems, following which President Margvelashvili held a meeting with Lieutenant General Darryl Williams.
President Margvelashvili has also signed a guest book. Following the meeting, President Margvelashvili gifted a Georgian sword and shield to the West Point Academy. Along with the delegation, President Margvelashvili was guided through the Academy.
After having a lunch with cadets, President Margvelashvili granted them "amnesty," releasing all cadets with outstanding hours from the remainder of their assigned tours.
At the meeting with cadets, President Margvelashvili highlighted Georgia-US partnership and the necessity for its further development, stressing that Georgian soldiers serve shoulder to shoulder with the US forces to maintain global stability.
President Margvelashvili also underscored Georgians’ commitment to the universal value of freedom. Despite being dedicated to freedom, he added, Georgia has been the target of great empires for many centuries, leading to the country’s occupation. President Margvelashvili informed cadets about Georgia’s recent history. As he noted, Georgia is a small country with a distinct culture and a key geopolitical location on the crossroad of Asia and Europe, emphasizing Georgia's strategic importance.
Cadets have shown interest in Georgia-Russia relations. Questions were asked about Georgia’s occupation and violation of its territorial integrity, as well as the prospects for Georgia's NATO membership. President Margvelashvili highlighted that Georgia will definitely reach NATO membership.
Zviad Jolokhava and Luka Nadiradze, two Georgian students studying at West Point have also attended the meeting. President Margvelashvili posed for a photograph with cadets.
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