Kerry pledges assistance to Georgia to aid visa-free travel to EU

by Reuters
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:46 GMT

WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The United States will provide assistance to Georgia to promote visa-free travel to the European Union to help the former Soviet republic integrate more with the West, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Kerry did not elaborate on the plan, which comes amid efforts by Georgia to increase trade and investment with the West.

"Today I am announcing additional assistance by the United States to help support Georgia's Euro-Atlantic vision, specifically to help Georgia achieve visa-free travel with the EU and to mitigate the hardships by borderization along the occupied territories," Kerry said at the start of meetings with Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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