May 26, 2022
United States President Joe Biden on Thursday extended his congratulations of Georgia’s Independence Day to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and citizens of the country.
Biden’s letter highlighted the partnership between the two states, noting their “shared commitment and sacrifice” in peacekeeping [sic] missions and mentioning Russia’s ongoing occupation of two of Georgia’s regions.
“Georgia has demonstrated its fierce determination to protect freedom around the world. We deeply value the contribution you have made to global security throughout our 30-year bilateral relationship, including our shared commitment and sacrifice in Afghanistan,” the American President noted in the letter.
“Even as we celebrate Georgia’s independence, we recognise that Russia’s occupation of 20 percent of Georgian territory prevents many Georgians from fully exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms. The United States continues to steadfastly support Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and to call on Russia to end its occupation of sovereign Georgian territory,” Biden also said.