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U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday the United States firmly backs NATO membership for Georgia, telling Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili that America will help his country rebuild its democracy and economy after last month's conflict with Russia.

Cheney is the highest-level U.S. official to visit Georgia since the crisis with Russia, and he emphasized that the Central Asian nation can count on Washington as a solid ally.

"We will help your people to heal this nation's wounds, to rebuild this economy, and to ensure Georgia's democracy, independence, and further integration with the West," Cheney told Saakashvili in a statement after their meeting. Read full article »

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