Tbilisi: U.S., Georgia Discuss Strengthening Military Cooperation
Trend News Agency
November 28, 2012
Georgia, U.S. discuss deepening of military cooperation
Tbilisi: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin met with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania.
The conversation touched upon bilateral cooperation, prospects of integration into NATO, reforms planned in the defense area and the contribution of the Georgian contingent in the international mission ISAF, the Georgian Defense Ministry told Trend on Wednesday.
Alasania said that Georgia remains a reliable partner of the United States and is ready to make an even greater contribution to global security.
Alasania thanked the guest for support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and integration into Euro-Atlantic structures.
At the meeting, Alasania also paid attention to the NATO Military Committee’s planned visit to Georgia next year.
The conversation also touched upon the military cooperation between Georgia and the United States. Within the strategic partnership the United States provides assistance to Georgia in six areas, which primarily envisages strengthening the capacity of anti-aircraft defense, as well as training in military engineering.
Ministry of Defence of Georgia
November 28, 2012
Minister of Defence of Georgia meets with Mr. Eric Rubin
Defence Minister Irakli Alasania has received Mr. Eric Rubin, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, today. The U.S.-Georgia partnership, NATO integration prospects, reforms scheduled in the field of defence and the contribution of Georgian peacekeepers in the ISAF mission were the key topics of discussion at the meeting. According to Irakli Alasania, Georgia still remains a reliable partner of the United States and stands ready to provide more contributions to global security.
The Defence Minister expressed gratitude for the support of the United States to Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic integration. During the meeting with Eric Rubin, Irakli Alasania underlined the visit of the NATO Military Committee in Georgia scheduled next year.
At the meeting, the sides focused attention on the enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries. Within the framework of the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic partnership, the United States provides assistance to the Georgian side in six directions which cover, among other issues, enhancement of air-defence capabilities, defensive combat engineer training and education and utility helicopter aviation training support.
November 27, 2012
Eric Rubin holds meetings in Tbilisi
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin pays an official visit to Georgia. He will participate in a session of the working group on Defense and Security Issues, which is held in the framework of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission. Meetings with the NGOs, international missions to Georgia and country`s senior authorities are also on the agenda.
Mr. Rubin has already met with Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. The sides emphasized the meaning of the 20-year-long cooperation between Georgia and the United States and expressed their hope that the cooperation between the two friendly countries would be further enhanced.
Bidzina Ivanishvili thanked Eric Rubin for great support provided to Georgia. The issue of Georgia-Russia relations was also reviewed.
`We had a very friendly, warm meeting; it was very interesting. We discussed bilateral relations once more and expressed hope that these relations would be enhanced in the terms of the new government,` Bidzina Ivanishvili said after the meeting.