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Georgian President: we still need US assistance

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President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili spoke about the importance of the United States role in the region, and stressed Georgia's contribution to NATO-led ISAF mission. Speaking at a reception at the United States House of Representatives on 15 May, Saakashvili said that Georgia as US ally and "as country based on the same ideas of freedom and democracy", achieved to pursue similar ideas of freedom and democracy as Washington.
"We have the lowest corruption rate in Europe, and we are one of the safest countries in terms of crime rate in Europe. We quadrupled our economy for last 8 years. We also managed to create free and democratic model of government which resulted into the change of government last October, which also indicates first ever peaceful transition in our part of the world, which went very smooth. And I am very proud of the fact that we managed to do it," the President said "That's why for all these years we've been receiving support from the congress and from the lawmakers here. Now, I think the biggest help we need from the Americans is looking at freedom and democracy in Georgia. If Georgia can continue as free and democratic country, all the other issues will be solved," he added.
President Saakashvili expressed his condolences on death of three Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan. "Unfortunately, three georgian soldiers were killed and more than 25 were wounded. We have had casualties in the past. But I firmly believe in that mission," he said "I believe that failure of America in our part of the world will be a disaster, primarily for us. We are a European country but we are close to the Middle East, so we understand what is at stake here, more than maybe many other European countries."

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