On Wednesday, May 23, President Saakashvili was speaking in front of 350 designated guests representing many consulates all over the world. The meeting was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley.
During his speech on Wednesday night in Simi Valley President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili emphasized President Reagan Ronald’s role in promoting hope and freedom for the former Soviet Union countries, mentioning that the United States supportive influence led to the democracy in Georgia.
President Saakashvili was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 by Hilary Clinton for his endless efforts and commitment to peace, democracy and civil rights. He became the youngest president in Europe at age 37.
John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation mentioned his resemblance with President Reagan in dedication his life “to the cause of freedom in region of the world, where such treasure is not won easily”.
Saakashvili mentioned that first he was impressed by the President Reagan’s speech back in the Soviet Union when Reagan was addressing Mikhail Gorbachev in regards to the Berlin Wall invoking him to destroy it.
A Ronald Reagan’s statue was build up in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2011 by President Saakashvili to commemorate the importance of freedom and democracy and remind everybody that President Reagan was a symbol of hope.
Starting 2003, Saakashvili initiated his fight against corruption and crime in Georgia. He replaced law inforcement agencies, including police and custom department. Saakashvili publicly announced that Georgia was the most corrupted country in the former Soviet Union. He was able to establish free speech, free elections, open civil society; however, he admitted that democracy in Georgia is not perfect yet, although the crime rate was decreased.
President also addressed Russian-Georgian relationship mentioning that they are still not settled and Georgia is still under the Russian threat as well as his own life.
Saakashvili specially emphasized American-Georgian relationship as an important toll in establishing democracy and freedom in the country. He also extended his hopes that Georgia will soon be admitted in NATO.
Freedom and value of it mean everything for us, he said.