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Georgian PM, US President Meet at the White House

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s office said that U.S. President Donald Trump expressed Washington’s “full support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” during a May 8 meeting at the White House.

Tbilisi continues to be locked in a standoff with Russia over Georgia’s Moscow-backed breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Kvirikashvili’s White House meeting came days after Trump signed a massive federal spending bill that included a statute forbidding any of the funds from being “made available to support the Russian occupation” of the territories.

“President Trump emphasized that Georgia is an important ally and a strategic partner of the USA. The leaders discussed significant issues and future plans for the U.S.-Georgia relations,” Kvirikashvili’s office said in a statement that included photos and a video of the two leaders together in the Oval Office.

The White House did not provide an immediate account of the meeting.

But it said that Vice President Mike Pence also met with Kvirikashvili and “reiterated the administration’s steadfast commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.”

Pence also “praised the prime minister’s leadership on political and economic reforms and reaffirmed U.S. support for Georgia’s decision to pursue integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions, including NATO,” the statement added.