2012 Embassy Events
U.S. Senator Richard Lugar Visits Georgia (August 12)
TBILISI, Georgia – U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs Andrew Weber joined President Mikheil Saakashvili in a naming ceremony for the Central Public Health Reference Laboratory on August 12. The laboratory will be named in honor of Senator Lugar and his efforts to safeguard the world from stockpiles of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
The U.S. Government, through the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, has partnered with the Georgian Government to launch the CPHRL, a state-of-the-art facility designed to promote public and animal health through infectious disease detection, epidemiological surveillance, and research for the benefit of Georgia, the Caucasus, and the global community. As the U.S. and Georgia celebrate 20 years of bilateral cooperation between our two countries, the laboratory serves as a permanent reminder of the vital role Georgia plays in protecting itself and the region from potential threats, and the U.S. commitment to working with Georgia in these critical areas.
Senator Lugar, President Saakashvili and Assistant Secretary Weber also participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the administration building for the Georgian National Center for Disease Control. The new building will also host the offices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Global Disease Detection program and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
Read Senator Lugar’s remarks at the CPHRL naming ceremony: