TBILISI -- The U.S. ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, has praised Tbilisi for initialing the EU Association Agreement in Vilnius last month.
In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL this week, Norland said that Georgia "has spoken loud and clear on its intentions to move on the direction of membership in Euro and Euro-Atlantic institutions" by initialing the EU agreement.
Norland added that the United States and Georgia will continue to develop a joint strategic partnership.
He called democratic reforms in Georgia "very strong."
Norland also called Tbilisi's efforts to improve relations with Russia over Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia "bilateral pragmatic diplomacy."