Saakashvili meeting Obama

Obama had brief meeting with Saakashvili

By | September 24th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

US President Barack Obama and President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili. (Photo from Saakashvili’s Facebook page.) (Comments from Saakashvili added.) TBILISI, DFWatch–President Mikheil Saakashvili Monday met with President Barack Obama in New York. The brief conversation too place at a civil society event in connection with the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. […]

The U.S. to bolster Georgia’s air defenses

By | September 14th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The United States is to send military advisors to Georgia to help the country strengthen its air defense systems. Obama is sending a group of military engineers to Georgia in September for this purpose. The bolstering of Georgia’s air defenses […]

Negotiations in May for U.S.-Georgia trade plan

By | April 24th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Negotiations will start between Georgia and the U.S. at the end of May aimed at intensifying trade relations. Georgia’s Prime Minister Nika Gilauri announced this after returning from a visit to the U.S. Gilauri met the heads of the Millennium Challenge […]

Obama’s promise led to US-Georgia business talks

By | March 14th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A two day business conference was launched in Tbilisi Wednesday called Making Business with USA. The conference is the result of an agreement between U.S. President Barack Obama and Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili to hold high level dialog between their […]

Saakashvili: “We basically got what we wanted to get”

By | February 3rd, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

– Right! What we did not get was, something that was in the preliminary statement of the White House, stating that: “The President will reconfirm U.S. support for the integrity of Georgia’s territory within its internationally recognized borders”. We did not hear that; and really lacked that […]

Obama-Saakashvili debriefing with Tom de Waal

By | February 1st, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - We asked Caucasus expert Tom de Waal a few questions following Monday's meeting between U.S. president Barack Obama and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili in Washington. de Waal is a journalist and writer, previously Caucasus editor of Institute for War and Peace Reporting, and now senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for [...]

Saakashvili’s account of Obama meeting challenged

By | February 1st, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian president says the results of his meeting with U.S. president Barack Obama exceeded his expectations. President Mikheil Saakashvili said the issues he discussed with Obama at the White House Monday represent “a new and higher level of cooperation between the two countries; on the one hand military security and on the [...]

Obama and Georgia’s Saakashvili did not discuss Iran

By | January 31st, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch - According to the Georgian president’s administration, Iran was not on the agenda of Monday's meeting between U.S. president Barack Obama and president Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia. Before the meeting many had been speculating that the two would be discussing the increased tension between Iran and the U.S., especially in light of how close [...]

Obama talks about free trade after meeting Saakashvili

By | January 31st, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - U.S. President Barack Obama said after hosting the Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili in the Oval Office Monday that the United States will explore various trading options, including the possibility of a free trade agreement. The president made it clear that there still is a lot of work to be done and that a [...]

Whose election campaign will Georgia-U.S. summit benefit?

By | January 30th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - People in Georgia are looking forward to today’s meeting between the U.S. and Georgian presidents in Washington, both of whom are near the end of their terms. Analysts speculate that the summit may be part of either of their election campaigns, or is payback for Saakashvili accepting Russia as a member of the [...]

Georgian youth: Learn the truth about our country

By | January 30th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - As the presidents of the United States and Georgia are preparing for their first meeting in Washington, Georgian youth groups today rallied in front of the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi. Their message was that American authorities need to know more about what’s really going on in this country and not believe [...]

A critical time of choice for Georgia

By | January 28th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Dear Amb. Yalowitz, I am writing to thank you for your compelling editorial in “Democracy and Freedom Watch” in which you rightly warn that my country is at a critical crossroads with upcoming parliamentary elections.  I too share your concern that free, fair and transparent elections are being threatened by an increasingly authoritarian rule [...]

Democracy, National Interests, Idealism and Realpolitik

By | January 28th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

Saakashvili is meeting Obama on January 30. The agenda announced on the White House webpage names issues such as: 20 years of diplomatic relations, the U.S. – Georgia Charter, Georgia’s contribution to operations in Afghanistan, U.S. support for Georgia’s territorial integrity, and upcoming elections, writes Giorgi Margvelashvili, rector of Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. [...]

The United States and Georgia: Freedom is in the Interest of Both

By | January 27th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

When President Obama sits down with his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday, the conversation they have will take but a small part of the busy and beleaguered American leader’s day, but could have far reaching consequences for Georgia, writes Irakli Alasania, leader of the Free Democrats Party and Georgia's former United Nations ambassador. [...]

Will election year work as a reset button for Georgian democracy?

By | January 26th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

Two presidents that came to power under the sign of change meet January 30th. Below are some thoughts elicited by my friend Ambassador K.S. Yalowitz’s letter, writes George Khutsishvili, director of the International Center on Conflict and Negotiation. We live in the election year 2012, and I belong to those who believe change is [...]

Saakashvili to also meet Biden and Boehner

By | January 25th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - The Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili plans to meet other top people while he's over to talk with President Obama, including the Vice President and the House Speaker. While in Washington, President Saakashvili will have meetings with other top people both in the U.S.'s legislative and executive branch, including Vice President Joe [...]

What will be on agenda of Saakashvili’s Washington meeting?

By | January 24th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |

It is very fitting and important that Presidents Obama and Saakashvili meet in Washington on January 30, writes Kenneth S. Yalowitz, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia and this is an excellent time to reflect on the [...]

International crisis topic when Obama meets Saakashvili

By | January 19th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - One of the topics of Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and U.S. president Barack Obama's January 30 meeting will be ways of responding to international security challenges. It's the Georgian president’s administration which writes this in a press release Wednesday. Saakashvili and Obama have met several times before, but this will be [...]

Obama to discuss fall election with Saakashvili

By | January 18th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch - U.S. president Barack Obama will host his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili in the Oval Office on January 30 to discuss the upcoming parliamentary election in Georgia, expected in October. They will discuss democratic reforms that will ensure that Georgia is a vibrant and stable democratic state. Other topics will be the [...]