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Under Secretary Zeya’s Travel to Georgia and Armenia – United States Department of State

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia, and Yerevan, Armenia, July 9-17, 2024, to discuss democratic governance and anti-corruption; media freedom and freedom of expression; and inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable groups.

In Georgia, Under Secretary Zeya will engage with representatives of the government, civil society, media, and parliament to underscore the United States’ grave concerns about the ‘foreign influence’ law and other illiberal legislation and the Georgian government’s harmful rhetoric, which have put Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic trajectory at risk. She will make clear that the government’s undemocratic behavior and misinformation about the United States have damaged our longstanding relationship. Under Secretary Zeya will also emphasize Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Georgian people’s commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration, and the United States’ unwavering support for assistance to Georgia over 32 years of partnership. Additionally, she will reiterate the importance of free and fair elections and a vibrant civil society, fostering respect for fundamental freedoms, protecting members of marginalized groups, and the human rights of all Georgians. Under Secretary Zeya will also visit a community organization founded and led by women displaced by Russia’s continued occupation of Georgia.

In Armenia, Under Secretary Zeya will meet with senior government officials and civil society representatives to strengthen the U.S.-Armenia partnership and advance Armenia’s democratic gains on the rule of law, anti-corruption, and judicial reform. She will visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the 1915 genocide. Under Secretary Zeya will also reach out to the United Nations and other international bodies in Armenia to support members of vulnerable and marginalized groups. Additionally, the Under Secretary will visit the Haghpat Monastery to promote respect for religious freedom and support cultural preservation.

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