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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian, Clinton Meet

WASHINGTON -- Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze had an hour-long meeting with U.S. President Bill Clinton on Thursday, during which the two leaders discussed the process of democratic reform in Georgia and endorsed continued "excellent relations" between the United States and Georgia, Shevardnadze told reporters.

Later, Shevardnadze was honored for work promoting democratic institutions. The private National Democratic Institute chose Shevardnadze to receive the W. Averill Harriman Democracy Award for progress in building an independent, democratic state in Georgia.

Clinton said Shevardnadze had taken to democracy with the zeal of a convert.

"Once he decided to believe, he stayed hitched. He has stayed the course when the price was high," Clinton said.