The Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Irakli Beraia had a telephone conversation with the US Congressman, Mario Diaz-Balart to discuss the main directions of the Georgia-US strategic partnership and the importance of its further deepening, including in the spheres of defense and security as well as trade and economy.
The parties discussed the epidemiological situation in Georgia and the steps assumed by the Georgian Government in response to COVID-19, including those aimed at opening up the country’s economy. During the conversation, the most important role of the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research in the fight against pandemics was emphasized.
I. Beraia spoke about the grave situation in the occupied regions of Georgia, Russia's illegal actions, including the process of illicit "borderization", unlawful military exercises, and sporadic access of our citizens to medical treatment, thus putting their lives to the risk of death, disinformation and propaganda against Georgia, large-scale cyber-attack, etc.
The Chair of the Committee stressed the need to increase pressure on Russia to fulfill its commitments.
The discussion focused on Georgia's progress in the EU-NATO integration process from both political and practical perspectives.
The parties dwelt upon the April 2, 2020 NATO Ministerial Meeting aiming at the introduction of new measures to support Georgia in the context of the Black Sea security and highlighted Georgia’s role as of utmost importance in NATO’s Enduring Mission and global security in general.
"Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart is a great friend and supporter of Georgia. He reiterated his unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Mr. Diaz-Balart noted that Georgia is an important democratic ally of the United States and, therefore, the United States will continue to support our country", - Irakli Beraia remarked.