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Salome Zourabichvili: 'Freedom, Independence, Human Rights, Democracy - These values, that we fully share, bring us together with America'

244 years ago, the Declaration of Independence of the United States was signed. In the history of any nation, this day is very important, not only because of its symbolism, but also because this day is the carrier of those values a nation unites around. These values are known across the world: Freedom, Independence, Human Rights, Democracy.

These values, that we fully share, bring us together with America. These are the very same values that we have enshrined in each one of our Constitutions following our independence and by which we have laid our path to development. In this almost 30-year journey, America has stood by Georgia and has supported our Euro-Atlantic integration, our territorial integrity and sovereignty, and the development of our military, its training, and its role in international missions with U.S. soldiers. This is the path of solidarity and togetherness that we have embarked on with America. Today, the world is facing a new challenge – a dangerous and invisible enemy. Some of us may think that each country must meet this challenge separately and alone. But the reality is different, and we have seen that global solidarity is needed in the face of this global threat. Here again, we are well aware of the crucial role that has been played by the United States.

We know what a positive role the US-founded Lugar Center has played for us, the importance of the collaboration between Georgian and American doctors, the importance of U.S. financial assistance to help Georgia withstand not only the pandemic but also the economic crisis. But, this is not just one-sided solidarity. We also know that the United States is facing a great challenge today – an economic and social crisis along with a pandemic. I want to express my sympathies with the families of those who lost their lives during the pandemic and my full support to America and the American people. I want to express my faith and hope that once this crisis ends, we will be stronger together and this will be a victory of solidarity. I want to once again congratulate you on this Independence Day, along with the Georgians who live in the United States and consider it a second homeland.
 
Long Live America!


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