Republic of Georgia Ambassador to visit Coast Guard Cutter Dallas

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Georgian Ambassador Batu Kutelia is scheduled to meet with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, Friday at 12:45 p.m., to express appreciation from the people of Georgia for the crew’s humanitarian aid efforts to the Republic of Georgia.

Crewmembers aboard Dallas, a 378-foot Charleston-based cutter, in partnership with the Navy destroyer USS McFaul, delivered humanitarian relief supplies, including hygiene items, food, milk and juice to the Georgian people during the Russia-Georgian War in August 2008.

The relief was provided in support of Operation Assured Delivery, the United States military’s effort to support the Georgian government’s request for humanitarian assistance.

In addition, Ambassador Kutelia will visit SeaHawk, a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency law enforcement task force, to show his support for inter-agency collaboration and alliances.

Kutelia is Georgia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States, Canada and Mexico. He is scheduled to be in the Charleston area June 11-13, on a visit coordinated by Maybank Industries LLC, a Charleston firm specializing in maritime services.

Kutelia was appointed ambassador of Georgia to the United States on March 19, 2009.

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