May 5, 2022
Political leaders in the United States, including President Biden, have made it clear that Georgia is an important partner for the country, US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan told Georgian press on Thursday.
Degnan told reporters her Government took Georgia’s vulnerability in the context of the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine seriously, and emphasised US support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
She also noted the United States help for the Georgian Defence Forces, security services and other state agencies over the past 30 years in efforts to strengthen the structures and improve their ability to defend the country’s borders.
The Ambassador added the current developments in the Black Sea region called for unity from Georgian political leaders….
She also made comments about the recent discussion around the matter of the health of the imprisoned former President Mikheil Saakashvili in detention, urging the Georgian Government to take the recommendations of the Public Defender over the question into consideration.
May 5, 2022
Dimitri Khundadze, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Affairs, responds to Mikheil Saakashvili.
“Mr. Mikheil, the fact that my main profession is medicine, without any invitation, at the initial stage of imprisonment, when you were on hunger strike, I visited you in prison together with David Sergeenko.
“After that, we made a decision together with the team to transfer you to the clinic. Unfortunately, both then and today, your health deteriorated only because of your desire and not because of the brutal treatment of the authorities.
“Within my competence, without any PR, I together with David Sergeenko asked yesterday how your health was being taken care of. We found out that you are provided with everything and you have access to all the necessary services. Whether you receive it or not is up to you.
“I, as a doctor and as a politician, really want your health to be protected, but it is unfortunate that you do not have the same desire for political reasons. That’s why I do not see the point of our meeting, which will only have a political connotation and not a real result,” explained Dimitri Khundadze.