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White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (center) visited Washington in early May and met with US President Donald Trump and other senior officials, it was billed as a reaffirmation of the United States’ strong support for Georgia from the new administration. But behind the scenes, the White House was preparing a budget that would slash spending for that partnership by more than half. (Photo: Press Service of the Prime Minister of Georgia)

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and met with United States President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and other senior officials, it was billed as a reaffirmation of the US’s strong support for Georgia from the new administration.
 
“We received strong assurances of positive partnership from the US in every direction,” Kvirikashvili said on May 9. “The US, as Georgia’s major strategic partner, will continue supporting Georgia, and these relations will only grow stronger.”
 

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Joshua Kucera is the Turkey/Caucasus editor at EurasiaNet.org, and author of The Bug Pit. He is based in Istanbul.

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

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