US Secretary of State, John Kerry urged the political forces in Georgia to "work constructively to advance the dialogue and debate within Georgia", stressing "that's just going to make your nation stronger" and that "all democracies benefit from strong political opposition." John Kerry was speaking at the Fourth Strategic Partnership Commission Plenary Session attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili.
In his remarks, John Kerry congratulated Georgia with holding democratic presidential elections and called on the authorities to hold the local self-governance elections with the same standards.
"First, I want to congratulate you on Georgia's free and fair presidential election in 2013. The transparency and the openness of the process were significant, and we applaud it. You have a chance to build on these achievements by demonstrating now a level playing field during your upcoming local elections. And I think everybody knows that democracies benefit from strong political opposition, so we urge all sides to work constructively to advance the dialogue and debate within Georgia, and that's just going to make your nation stronger. We're confident of that," the Secretary of State said.
John Kerry called on the Georgian government to adhere to rule of law and carry on the economic reforms that have already been started. " We also commend Georgia's progress on economic reform, and we urge the government to quickly implement its plans to spur trade and investment, including with the United States. Strict adherence to rule of law and a steadfast commitment to the process will encourage the confidence of investors and it will serve as a catalyst for integration with Europe and enhance Georgia's international reputation. We urge all Georgians to unite in looking forward and to leave the past in the past," he said.