"America First Does Not Mean America Alone" — Pence in Georgia

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

Defense Minister Vigen Sargsian underlined this fact on Saturday when he attended the opening ceremony near Moscow of the 2017 International Army Games partly hosted by Russian Federation.

U.S. Air National Guard Airmen belonging to the 165th Airlift Wing of Georgia Air National Guard welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Tbilisi International Airport in the Republic of Georgia on Tuesday.

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As part of his two-day visit to Estonia, Pence met with the country's servicemen and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops deployed in Estonia.

Russian Federation announced Sunday that the USA has to cut its diplomatic staff in the nation by 755 people.

Kvirikashvili, in his turn, thanked Pence for his country's support.

Vice President Pence made the statement on the first day of his two-day visit to Georgia at an official dinner hosted by PM Kvirikashvili at Mtatsminda Park, one of the hallmarks of Tbilisi overlooking the capital.

Georgia's Defence Minister Levan Izoria stated that the name Noble Partner highlighted not only military cooperation between Georgia and the United States, but a noble cooperation in the global context.

Pence said that legislation "improved significantly" when it moved through Congress, and added the sanctions are stronger but are "giving the president of the United States and our State Department the ability and the flexibility to be able to administer American foreign policy as appropriate".

The destabilization of the situation in Ukraine by Russian Federation and its support for regimes supporting terrorism complicate dialog, he said.

Some 2,800 troops from host Georgia, the United States, and six other countries have begun a major military exercise in the South Caucasus nation.

Ahead of and during his visit, Podgorica will be under intense surveillance and tight security measures, with hundreds of additional police officers deployed to patrol the roads, most of which will be closed at points where Pence's motorcade passes on Wednesday.

Trump "asked me to extend greetings to you this morning and to say we are with you", Bloomberg cited Pence as saying.

George W. Bush is the only US president who has visited Georgia, which he called "a beacon of democracy".

2017 represents the 25th anniversary of U.S.

This story originated in VOA's Georgian Service.

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