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The Vice President met today with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the White House.  The two leaders affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership that has continued to grow stronger for 25 years and emphasized the importance of Georgia’s significant contributions to global security.  In particular, the Vice President expressed his deep gratitude for the sacrifices of the Georgian people to include 31 Georgian service members who have given their lives fighting alongside NATO forces in Afghanistan.  The Vice President reiterated the Administration’s steadfast commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.  The Vice President praised the Prime Minister’s leadership on political and economic reforms and reaffirmed U.S. support for Georgia’s decision to pursue integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions, including NATO.  The leaders also pledged to explore ways to continue to enhance their economic and trade relations.