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Georgian Prime Minister Starts Visit To U.S.

Georgian Prime Minister
TBILISI -- Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has begun an official visit to the United States.

Garibashvili's press service said the weeklong visit is being made at the invitation of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Garibashvili is scheduled to meet with top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry.

The two men are expected to discuss the implementation of a charter on strategic partnership signed between the two countries in January 2009.

The United States hailed Georgia's "remarkable progress" during a visit to Tbilisi by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in December.

Garibashvili is accompanied on his U.S. visit by Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze, Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Aleksi Petriashvili, and the head of the Georgian National Investment Agency Giorgi Pertaia.