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U.S. Backs Georgia Against Russia, Pushes NATO Integration

At the meeting the sides highlighted the US-Georgian strategic partnership. Cooperation with the United States represents the fundamental instrument in terms of the Georgian Armed Forces’ development and transformation into a NATO interoperable army. Within the US-Geo Strategic Charter, the areas of cooperation include operational air surveillance, combat engineer training and education and utility helicopter fleet renovation.

Trend News Agency
November 17, 2012

U.S. reiterates support for territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: The U.S. once again unequivocally confirms support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon said after a meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze.

The diplomat stressed that the American delegation will try to establish this principle in the framework of the Geneva talks on stability in the Caucasus.

He said he was looking forward to meeting the new head of the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

“The Minister confirmed commitment to the principles of strengthening and deepening cooperation with the U.S. and Georgia’s aspiration to integrate into European and Euro-Atlantic structures,” Gordon said.

He stressed that the U.S. will provide necessary assistance to Georgia on this way.

“The Georgian Foreign Minister will attend a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission in early December, where progress towards the integration of Georgia into NATO will be confirmed,” he said.

The Geneva talks were convened in accordance with the ceasefire agreement on August 12, after the armed conflict in Georgia in August 2008.

Military action was launched in…South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later Russian troops occupied the city of Tskhinvali and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced the two unrecognised republics as occupied territories.

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Trend News Agency
November 17, 2012

Defense ministry: Georgia to help Afghanistan also after 2014
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: Georgian troops will help Afghan security forces also after the withdrawal of NATO troops from the country in 2014, Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said on Saturday at a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon in Tbilisi.

As the Defense Ministry reported to Trend, the sides discussed issues of Georgian-American military cooperation, the prospects of Georgia’s integration into NATO and the participation of the Georgian military contingent in NATO’s ISAF operation in Afghanistan.

Alasania said that Georgia remains a reliable partner of the United States and is ready to make its contribution to the provision of international security.

He stressed that the membership in the EU and NATO remains the strategic goal of Georgia.

Gordon and Alasania discussed the upcoming visit of the NATO Military Committee delegation to Georgia, which was previously postponed and will now take place in the first half of 2013.

The sides noted the importance of the geo-strategic partnership between the two countries.

Gordon arrived in Georgia on November 15 and will leave the country today.

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Rustavi 2
November 17, 2012

Philip Gordon holds meetings with Georgian authorities

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Panjikidze hosted U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Phillip Gordon at the ministry today. The sides discussed political situation in the country, priorities of internal and foreign policy and enhancement of cooperation with the United States.

Earlier today, Philip Gordon held meeting with Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania. The sides talked on the issues related to the US-Georgian bilateral cooperation, prospects of Georgia’s NATO integration and Georgia’s contribution to the ISAF international mission. As Irakli Alasania stated, Georgia is a reliable partner of the United States and will stay committed to contributing to global peace and security. Georgian Defense Minister highlighted that Georgian peacekeepers will continue fulfilling their obligations in ISAF until the end of 2014 and render assistance to Afghan National Security Forces in post-ISAF period.

The Defense Minister underscored that Georgia’s aspiration to become a member of European and Euro-Atlantic community remains on the top of country’s foreign policy agenda. At the meeting Defense Minister welcomed the decision of the NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia early next year.

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Ministry of Defence of Georgia
November 17, 2012

Georgian Defence Minister Meets with Phillip Gordon

Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania has held a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Phillip Gordon today. The sides talked on the issues related to US-Georgian bilateral cooperation, prospects of Georgia’s NATO integration and Georgia’s contribution in the ISAF international mission.

As Irakli Alasania stated, Georgia is a reliable partner of the United States and will stay committed to contributing to global peace and security. Georgian Defence Minister highlighted that Georgian peacekeepers will continue fulfilling its obligations in ISAF until the end of 2014 and render assistance to Afghan National Security Forces in the post-ISAF period.

The Defence Minister underscored that Georgia’s aspiration to become a member of the European and Euro-Atlantic community remains on the top of country’s foreign policy agenda. At the meeting Defence Minister welcomed the decision of the NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia early next year.

At the meeting the sides highlighted the US-Georgian strategic partnership. Cooperation with the United States represents the fundamental instrument in terms of the Georgian Armed Forces’ development and transformation into a NATO interoperable army. Within the US-Geo Strategic Charter, the areas of cooperation include operational air surveillance, combat engineer training and education and utility helicopter fleet renovation.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Phillip Gordon arrived in Georgia yesterday on an official visit. The high ranking US official has already held meetings with the representatives of the Georgian Government and opposition parties.

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