US House approves bipartisan bill supporting Georgia

New Delhi, 24 May 2019

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill-Georgia’s Support Act yesterday, which urges further support for Georgia in the defence field and proposes sanctions against the individuals who violated human rights in the two Georgian occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).

The bill which draws light on whom the US should introduce sanctions against individuals who are listed on the Georgian-parliament approved Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list was presented in January 2019 by the co-chairs of Georgia’s Friends Club in the US Congress Adam Kinzinger and Gerry Connolly.

Otkhozoria-Tatunashvili list suggests who have violated the rights of Georgian citizens in Tskhinvali or Abkhazia since the 1990s. The document expresses support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the country’s Euro-Atlantic goals.

“The bill also urges the US government to encourage negotiations with Georgia regarding the free trade, which, of course, is very important for us, together with other issues written is the bill. The document is the sign of a big political support,” Georgian Vice- Parliament Speaker Tamar Chugoshvili said.

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani expressed that the bill affirms Georgia is on the highest point of the US motivation. Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said that the endorsement of the bill “affirmed by and by that the US-Georgia relations are at an unsurpassed high.” The bill should be affirmed by different advisory groups, at that point cast a ballot in the House of Representatives and the Senate and marked by President Donald Trump to become possibly the most important factor.

Global Desk, Diplomacytoday.in | Courtesy – agenda.ge