Georgian president, Obama hold phone conversation on nuclear summit, Afghanistan

21:19, April 07, 2010      

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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili discussed the upcoming nuclear summit and Afghanistan with U.S. counterpart Barack Obama by phone Tuesday, according to Georgia's foreign ministry and the U.S. White House.

The Georgian foreign ministry said in a statement the two presidents "discussed their shared interest in achieving the historic goals set forth by the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit", which is to be held in Washington on April 12-13.

Meanwhile, Obama expressed gratitude to Georgia's contribution to military operations in Afghanistan and hailed Saakashvili's "commitment" to "democratic" policies, a White House statement said.

Saakashvili also offered the United States an arms supply route to Afghanistan via Georgian territory.

Georgia has deployed 175 servicemen in Afghanistan and will send an additional battalion later this month, which will make Georgia the largest per capita contributor to the Afghan mission.

Obama "relayed the strong support of the United States for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity", the White House said, adding both presidents reaffirmed that a stable and democratic Georgia was key to regional peace, cooperation and progress.

Other topics that were reportedly touched upon were the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership, regional security and ongoing reforms in Georgia.

Source: Xinhua


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