Pompeo to discuss prospects for deepening cooperation in Georgia


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Georgia on Tuesday, where he will hold talks with the leaders of this South Caucasian country on the prospects for further deepening cooperation in the field of defense and security.

Pompeo is expected to arrive in the evening from Turkey, the second stop on his current multi-country tour.

His meetings with President Salome Zurabishvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, civil society representatives and the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, are scheduled for Wednesday.

High-level diplomatic contacts will focus on the priorities of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter and the potential for further deepening cooperation in many areas beyond defense and security, including trade, education and culture, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.

Pompeo’s visit will reaffirm the United States’ unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the country’s further democratic development and European integration, the ministry said.

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