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U.S. senator received National Hero Order

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Author: Nina Akhmeteli

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili awarded U.S. Senator John McCain with the National Hero Order after a meeting in Batumi today.

“This man was in his life’s main battle when Russia announced open war against us. He left his election campaign…came here for several days and several times per day John McCain defended Georgia, on the world television channels,” Saakashvili said. “We should never forget it.”

 McCain is on a visit to Georgia together with two other republican senators, John Barrasso and John Thune. The senators met opposition leaders, and also plan to meet the European Union Monitoring Mission head in the country and IDPs in Zugdidi.

Davit Usupashvili, a Republican Party leader, said that security and democracy were discussed at the meeting.

“We have very serious problems in both directions,” Usupashvili told Rustavi 2 after the meeting. “We told him that without the democratic processes the state will not be able to deal with the threats we have in foreign policy arena. We said that the help of the U.S. was very important for our country up to now but it is possible this help to be even more helpful.”

Georgian officials said that the visit shows America's support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“Senator McCain is one of the most influential figures in the world foreign policy,” Nino Kalandadze, deputy foreign minister, said. “His visit is important not only because he is a personal friend and supporter of Georgia but also because the support of such an important person to our country is vivid for the country. He visited Georgia with a mission to underline not only his personal support but America's support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

11 January Mon 2010, 16:57:46

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