Whether by words or by her mere appearance, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s July 5 visit to Tbilisi will serve to reassure Georgian officials that Washington still values its strategic partnership with Georgia, analysts say.
Georgia is the fifth and final stop in Clinton’s whirlwind tour to the region, following stops in Baku and Yerevan on July 4, and in Kiev and Krakow on July 1-3.
While the trip is Clinton’s first visit to Georgia as Secretary of State, it is more symbolic than substantial, commented Thomas De Waal, a specialist on Georgia and the Caucasus at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.
“I think the whole goal of the visit to all five countries is to give a very public message that the reset with Russia is not at the expense of neighbors… the country that will be the hardest sell of this message is Georgia. There is a lot of nervousness in the government,” De Waal said.
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Molly Corso is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.