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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 3, 2003

Presidential Envoy James Baker to Visit Tbilisi, Georgia
Statement by the Press Secretary
Visit by Presidential Envoy James Baker to Tbilisi, Georgia

Former Secretary of State James Baker will visit Tbilisi, Georgia on July 4 and 5 on behalf of President Bush. The mission's primary objective will be to discuss with Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze ways to advance political and economic reform in Georgia through free and fair Parliamentary elections this fall. Mr. Baker will also discuss U.S. -Georgian cooperation on counterterrorism and other security matters. The Baker mission reflects the United States' readiness to work with all Georgian citizens who are committed to advancing reform and fighting corruption in pursuit of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Georgia.

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