The meeting of the Parliamentary Delegation with Erika Olson
The Parliamentary Delegation, serving a visit to the USA, held a meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southern European and the Caucasus, Erika Olson.
At the extended meeting, the parties discussed all aspects of the strategic partnership between Georgia and the USA, including in the security and defense capacity directions. The parties touched upon the NATO integration of Georgia and overviewed the peace-keeping initiative of Georgia in the Peaceful Caucasus format.
Mme. Olson asked about the position of Georgian MPs about the processes in the region.
The Parliamentary Delegation dwelt on the processes not only in the South Caucasus but in the post-Soviet countries and the attempt of Russia to forcefully regain control.
The parties discussed the “3+3” format meeting scheduled on December 10 in Moscow. Georgian MPs clearly explained why Georgia is against this format. The parties discussed the reforming agenda of Georgia and further economic and democratic development plans, as well as the judicial reform.
Georgian MPs openly declared that they welcome the further judicial reforming and engagement of the international partners. As noted, the reforming requires the analysis of steps taken and needs outlined to adopt the new legislation in compliance with the best European practice.
The parties discussed the processes in the country and underlined the necessity of mitigation of polarization, which can be achieved by the cooperation of the political parties in the Parliament and joint discussions.
Mme. Olson expressed her support for the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy Assistant of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Kara McDonald.
“The meeting with Mme. Olson was very open and productive. We shared our positions on further cooperation”, - Nikoloz Samkharadze stated.
The Parliamentary Delegation is composed of the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee Nikoloz Samkharadze, Chair of the Defense and Security Committee Irakli Beraia, and the First Deputy Chair of the Foreign Committee, Giorgi Khelashvili.