Washington pledges to assist Georgia with NATO and EU membership aspirations

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US Secretary of State, John Kerry announced additional assistance by the United States to help support Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic vision. Speaking at the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Plenary Session on 26 February, the US Secretary of State said Washington will help Georgia achieve visa-free travel with the EU. "We also want to reiterate US support for Georgia's participation in the EU's Eastern Partnership, and we encourage Georgia to sign an Association Agreement with the EU later this year," Kerry said.

"We stand by the Bucharest decision and all subsequent decisions that Georgia will become a member of NATO. The United States will work to make sure that Georgia's progress is acknowledged by all members of this year's NATO Summit," the US Secretary of State said "Today, I am announcing additional assistance by the United States to help support Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic vision; specifically, to help Georgia achieve visa-free travel with the EU and to mitigate the hardships caused by borderization along the occupied territories," he added.

Kerry reiterated the United States' support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial Integrity. "We support your reconciliation efforts in an effort to achieve a peaceful and a just resolution to the conflicts of Georgia. The United States remains steadfast in our support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We continue to object to Russia's occupation, militarization, and borderization of Georgian territory, and we call on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement, including the withdrawal of its forces and free access for humanitarian assistance," he said.

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