Joe Biden on Georgia's Independence Day: The anniversary of a nation's independence is not only a day of celebration, it offers a moment to honor the history and values that are ingrained in the national character, and to look to the future

The President of the United States Joe Biden congratulates the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili and the Georgian people on Independence Day.

Biden's letter notes that as a committed partner, the United States will continue to support the Georgian people on the path to democratic and economic development.

"Dear Mr. Prime Minister, on behalf of the American people I wish you and the Georgian people a happy and healthy Independence Day on May 26.

As a committed partner, the USA will continue to support the people of Georgia as they pursue greater democratic and economic development, including fostering an independent judiciary and inclusive democratic processes. And we will stand with the Georgian people as you work to recover from the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The anniversary of a nation's independence is not only a day of celebration, it offers a moment to honor the history and values that are ingrained in the national character, and to look to the future. As Georgia's leaders and citizens take time this year to reflect on ways to strengthen Georgia's independence and advance the country's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, know that the United States stands with you. The United States is grateful for the bravery of Georgian soldiers who have served side-by-side with U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and we will continue to support Georgia as it seeks NATO membership.

We also recognize significant external challenges Georgia has faced and continues to endure. My thoughts today are with all those living under Russian occupation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The United States remains firmly committed to Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.

My best wishes to you and the Georgian people on your Independence Day!", - reads the letter.

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