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Clinton To Meet Georgian President In Batumi

  • RFE/RL's Georgian Service

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a previous meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a previous meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi for talks with President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Georgia marks the second leg of her tour of South Caucasus countries, as Washington looks to strengthen security ties with the U.S. ally.

Clinton was scheduled to travel to oil-rich Azerbaijan on June 6 and Turkey one day later.

Clinton warned on June 4 in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, that tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh could escalate into a much broader conflict.

Tensions remain high over the dispute, with both sides accusing the other of occasional truce violations.

Clinton also urged Turkey to normalize relations with Armenia, severed since 1993 at the height of the war over Nagorno-Karabakh.

With additional reporting by Reuters
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