WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia is expected Monday at the White House.
President Barack Obama welcomes President Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH’-leh) 20 years after the U.S. and Georgia established diplomatic relations. The White House says Obama will reconfirm U.S. support for Georgia’s territorial integrity. Georgia went to war with Russia in 2008 over two separatist provinces.
Obama is expected to underscore the importance of Washington’s defense relationship with Georgia and its contributions to the international coalition in Afghanistan. Trade, tourism, energy, science, education and culture are also on the agenda.
Later, the president hosts a reception for the foreign diplomatic corps, and in the evening he’s scheduled to answer questions about his State of the Union address in an interview with YouTube and Google-Plus.