US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke by phone with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia on Monday, the press service of the State Department reported. Pompeo and Gakharia discussed the importance of the U.S.-Georgia partnership and close coordination of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Secretary of State Pompeo stressed the importance of holding free, fair and transparent parliamentary elections in Georgia in October this year, noting that a level playing field is an integral part of democratic elections. He praised the adoption of constitutional amendments establishing a partially proportional electoral system and stressed the importance of implementing the recently adopted electoral reforms.
The head of the State Department called for continued efforts to strengthen the independence of the Georgian judiciary as an important step in attracting foreign investment and warned against politicizing the judicial and electoral processes in Georgia.
The Secretary of State stressed that the United States continues to support Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Pompeo and Gakharia expressed a consensus that Russia must end its destabilizing actions and fulfill its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement.