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Georgia gets U.S. support for EU tilt

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili received support for his pro-European agenda during a Washington visit, Vice President Biden's office said Tuesday.

Garibashvili met in Washington with Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama. Biden's office said in a statement Georgia was a valuable partner to Washington and the broader Western region.

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Biden's office said the visiting prime minister had Washington's "unwavering support as they pursue their Euro-Atlantic aspirations and pledged continued U.S. assistance to help the new Georgian government as it pursues political, economic, and defense reforms."

Garibashvili hosted European officials last week to discuss the efforts to move Georgia closer to the European Union.

The EU and Georgia endorsed an association agreement during a European summit in November in Lithuania.

Georgia is the largest contributor of troops to the mission in Afghanistan of any nation outside of the NATO alliance. Biden's office said Washington had "deep appreciation" for Georgia's contributions to the Afghan intervention.

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