by DFWatch staff | Nov 17, 2013
TBILISI, DFWatch–President Mikheil Saakashvili has awarded former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the Golden Fleece award.
Not to be confused with other awards with similar names, the Order of the Golden Fleece in Georgia is highly prestigious and a great honor.
Established in 1998, the Order of the Golden Fleece is awarded to individuals with foreign citizenship and those holding no citizenship who have significantly contributed to governmental improvement, national security interests, sovereignty and protection of territorial unity, formation of democratic and free society, development of useful bilateral relationships with foreign countries and international organizations, protection of rights of Georgian citizens living abroad, popularization of Georgian culture, and development of Georgian science and art. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a notable recipient of the Order.
Hillary’s final visit to Georgia as Secretary of State was in early June 2012. At that time, President Saakashvili had these words to say about her.
PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI:Madam Secretary, I will speak in English (inaudible). They have heard me already speak in Georgian many times.It is an immense pleasure to welcome you here again today in Georgia. You have always been an outstanding friend of our nation. I want, in the name of Georgian people, our multiethnic nation, to express our deep gratitude to you, Hillary, for your personal leadership on all our issues and your longstanding support for Georgia’s democracy. Ladies and gentlemen, if Georgia is today an independent state progressing at a good path on its way to the EU and NATO, it is, of course, first thanks to the Georgian people’s commitment and courage. But the support of the United States of America throughout all these 20 years, and in particular the support of President Obama and Secretary Clinton in the recent period, was instrumental, fundamental for our survival and our continued success.
It is wonderful to see our Hillary so appreciated and honored as the hero she is to democracies around the globe.
Congratulations, Mme. Secretary. It is an honor so very richly deserved!