American Congressman`s special statement
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement congratulating the citizens of Georgia for their fair and transparent election last month:
"I congratulate the people of Georgia for conducting one of the most credible and competitive elections in the county`s young history. International observers and election monitors witnessed a transparent electoral process, and Georgians have set a shining example for other emerging democracies around the world.
"I especially want to commend President Saakashvili for contributing to the process of ensuring a smooth transition of power. President Saakashvili has steadfastly shown his genuine commitment to growing democracy and strengthening democratic institutions. Under his distinguished leadership, Georgia has instituted meaningful reforms that have tackled corruption, raised standards of living, and further integrated Georgia with its Western friends and allies.
"I look forward to working with the new government. I will remain engaged with our Georgian partners to deepen ties, further strengthen Georgia`s democratic aspirations, ensure restoration of Georgia`s territorial integrity, and work with Georgia`s government and partners to ensure Georgia`s ultimate membership to NATO."