September 7, 2008

Saakashvili Says Georgian Economy Must Be Saved

TBILISI. Sept 7 (Interfax) - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is not losing hope for the peaceful unification of Georgia with the support of the international community but believes that at this stage the main think is to save and advance the national economy.

"Our main task today is to prevent a crisis and to advance the economy," he said at a Sunday meeting with wine-makers in Telavi.

"At this stage the main thing is to save the economy and advance it, to strengthen the financial system," he said.

Saakashvili said that in this respect Georgia enjoys strong financial support from the United States and the EU.

He said that in addition to assistance from the United States that is assigning over $1 billion to Georgia "several billion are expected from Europe and from other financial institutions."

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