Secretary of State John Kerry has told the Eurasian country of Georgia that it must focus on democracy and not engage in "the politics of destruction" like in the current U.S. election season.
Kerry made the comments during a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Ian Kelly and officials of the U.S. Embassy in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, according to Politico
He said the country, which is preparing for a democratic election in October, must not follow the path of current politics in America.
"They need to invest in their democracy and not in personalizing the politics, not in the politics of destruction. And believe me, witness what's happening in America today, I know what I'm talking about and so do you," Kerry said.
Kerry said that political campaigns like the kind in the U.S. have been around for centuries, but the U.S. has survived and is stronger because of the exchange of ideas.
"We have a sense of direction that never really changes," Kerry said.
He said it's up to the countries' residents to choose democracy, but the U.S. can help.
"They have to choose, but at least we put a menu in front of people and we fight for that menu," Kerry said.
Kerry signed a memorandum that promised U.S. help for Georgia to defend itself against national threats, according to Reuters
"The United States stands firm in its commitment to Georgia's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders," Kerry said, according to the Reuters report.
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