United States President backs Georgia’s NATO accession

US President Barack Obama on 30 January offered his support for Georgia’s accession to NATO and a possible free trade agreement between the two countries.

After hosting his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili in the White House, Obama said at a subsequent press conference: “What we’ve agreed to is a bilateral dialogue between our two countries about how we can continue to strengthen trade relations between our two countries, including the possibility of a free trade agreement.”

Calling Georgia “one of the most dedicated contributors outside of NATO “that has taken on “significant” casualties, Obama said “The United States will continue to support Georgia’s aspirations to ultimately become a member of NATO.”

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