Washington Continues To Build Georgian Proxy Army
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 for next year.
At the meeting, the sides focused attention on 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
Defense Minister’s Visit to Afghanistan
Tbilisi: Defense Minister Irakli Alasania visited Afghanistan this week where he met Georgian troops serving in the ISAF mission, the country’s leadership, as well as the ISAF leadership, the Georgian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on November 26.
Georgia has doubled its contribution to the NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan to 1,571 servicemen starting from October, according to the Georgian Ministry of Defense (MoD).
Georgia currently has two battalions in the Helmand province of Afghanistan: the 12th battalion of the first infantry brigade and 32nd battalion of the third infantry brigade; for the latter it is the second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Georgian troops “will continue fulfilling their obligations in ISAF until the end of 2014 and render assistance to Afghan National Security Forces in post-ISAF period,” MoD said.
During the visit Alasania met with Georgian troops in Helmand province and also held talks with General John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, according to the Georgian MoD.
On the last day of the visit Alasania met the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, on November 25.
Georgia has lost a total of eighteen soldiers in Afghanistan since joining ISAF mission in November, 2009, seven of them this year.