Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani, who is visiting Washington DC on February 4-7, attended the inaugural official launch of the International Religious Freedom Alliance, hosted by the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on February 5.
At the meeting, FM Zalkaliani spoke of the “grave humanitarian situation” in Georgia’s Russian occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, including the restrictions for ethnic Georgians to attend services at Georgian churches.
Pleasure to attend meeting of t/Alliance on Religious Freedom. My thanks to @SecPompeo for invitation.Georgia remains a strategic ally of 🇺🇸 on such important initiatives. I expressed concern about grave violation of Religious freedom and human rights in 2 occupied Regions of 🇬🇪 pic.twitter.com/6acN5QGmSY— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) February 6, 2020
In Washington DC, FM Zalkaliani also met with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Reeker, discussing U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership, security and humanitarian situation in occupied regions and the latest developments on the ground.
The Georgian Foreign Minister thanked the US for its firm support of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its involvement in peaceful resolution of the conflict.