The Embassy of Canada in Ankara, Turkey, represents Canada in Georgia. The Embassy of Georgia in Washington, D.C. is accredited to Canada, though Georgia plans to open an Embassy in Ottawa in 2011.
Prime Minister Harper last met with President Saakashvili on the margins of the NATO Summit in Lisbon in November 2010. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, last met with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze on the margins of the Community of Democracies meeting in Poland in early July 2010. Canada’s then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Trade visited Georgia in 2008 following the conflict with Russia, while Georgian Minister of Education Dimitri Shashkin visited Canada in March 2010. Canada and Georgia also hold regular political consultations at the Director General level, the most recent of which took place in April 2010 in Tbilisi.
Canada supports Georgia’s integration into NATO, and is grateful for Georgia’s substantial contribution in Afghanistan, where it has some 925 troops, including a battalion serving under US command in Helmand province. To date six Georgian soldiers have died in operations in Afghanistan.
Canadian exports to Georgia totalled $19.1 million in 2010, an increase of 9% over 2009. Imports from Georgia were down by 4% from $134.7 million in 2009 to $128.9 million.
Following the August 2008 conflict with Russia, Canada committed $3 million in humanitarian assistance to Georgia and subsequently participated in the October 2008 international donors’ conference. Canada remains steadfast in its support for Georgian territorial integrity and sovereignty, and welcomes efforts to encourage dialogue and constructive engagement, such as the Geneva Talks, between Georgia, its breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Russia.
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