US Vice President Dick Cheney has arrived in Tbilisi in a signal of solidarity with Georgia after its recent conflict with Russia. There was a warm welcome from President Mikheil Saakashvili, with Cheney promising Georgia unwavering support.
Speaking at a press conference Cheney said:
“America will help Georgia rebuild and regain its position as one of the world’s fastest growing economies.” He and his democratically elected government can count on the continued support and assistance of the United States,” he said.
Georgian President Mikeil Saakashvili said:
“We feel that we are not alone. “We feel that a great community of nations from the European Union the United States, Japan, other responsible nations, China, are standing by Georgia – and I think we will prosper and succeed.’‘
The US visit is likely to infuriate Moscow which has accused Washington of fuelling tensions in the region. On Wednesday, the Bush administration unveiled an aid package of around seven hundred and fifty million Euros to help Georgia rebuild. US officials have shied away from Military assistance despite Russia continuing to station troops in Georgian territory. A move, the West says violates a French-brokered peace plan.