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The Washington Post: Clinton did not met top opposition rival billionaire businessman Ivanishvili
12:05 06.06.2012
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 “The Washington Post” reports about visit of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Georgia.

As it is said in an article published by the publication, the United States announced new military assistance to Georgia, and expressed solidarity with the former Soviet republic’s hopes of regaining the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazi.

The article is titled: “Clinton announces aid for Georgian defenses, meets Saakashvili but not top opposition rival”

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the aid, already covered under a $16.6 million aid package, involves radar training for coastal and aerial defense, the upgrading of Georgia’s helicopter fleet so it can better ferry troops and supplies, and officer training to improve its ability to defend itself and operate in NATO missions. America’s top diplomat also gathered with opposition figures and urged Georgia to strengthen its democracy and rule of law. But she didn’t meet with the opposition’s billionaire businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he wouldn’t see Clinton alongside Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili’s “agents”, - is said in the article.

According to “The Washington Post” information, Clinton praised Georgia for being the largest non-NATO contributor to the international mission in Afghanistan, and said modernizing Georgia’s defenses was a “shared priority.”

Clinton also announced an initiative involving identity cards for residents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, so they can travel to the United States easier. She inaugurated a Georgian coast guard vessel refurbished with U.S. financial assistance…Clinton met with leaders of several parties hoping for success in October’s parliamentary elections. But Ivanishvili, a fierce critic of Saakashvili who made a fortune in banking and retail businesses in Russia, refused to join the panel, accusing two party leaders of being part of a pseudo-opposition while actually being allied with the Georgian leader”, - is said in the article.

Georgian translation of the mentioned article was spread by “Foreignpress”. 

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