About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 21:43 - 31 Oct.'14
 
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgian Defense Minister Meets U.S. Secretary of Defense
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2 Feb.'12 / 17:35

Georgian Defense Minister, Bacho Akhalaia, met with U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, in Brussels on February 2 on a sideline of a meeting of defense ministers from NATO members and 20 partner states, the Georgian Ministry of Defense said.

It said in a statement, that the meeting was “a follow up of the agreement reached at the meeting between President Saakashvili and President Obama at the White House” on January 30.

The U.S. has “expressed its readiness to extend assistance with regard to enhancing Georgia’s defense capabilities which implies new levels of cooperation, deepening existing relations in the key areas and implementation of specific training and assistance programs,” the Georgian MoD said.

Defense Minister Akhalaia said, that from now on the defense cooperation with the U.S. would focus not only on training of the Georgian troops for the Afghan deployment, but also on enhancing and improving Georgia’s "self-defense capabilities.”

“We are talking about an absolutely new phase of relations, which means that if until now we were focused on military trainings and military assistance, which was basically directed to our units participating in the ISAF operation, from now on, we will have an opportunity to think about those types of assistance, which will be focused on the development of entire armed forces that will ultimately contribute to strengthening of the country’s self-defense capabilities,” Akhalaia said.

The Georgian MoD said, that consultations would continue to discuss “specific fields of cooperation in details.”

RELATED
Latest News
31 Oct.'14 21:43
MPs Approve Presidentís Tight Deadline for Adopting Surveillance Regulation
December 1 has been set as a new deadline instead of February 28, 2015.
31 Oct.'14 17:25
GD Accepts Presidentís Proposal to Set Tight Deadlines for Adopting Key Part of Surveillance Regulation
It means that there will be no vote in the Parliament to override the presidential veto.
31 Oct.'14 15:09
Georgian, German Defense Ministers Meet in Berlin
“Georgian-German military cooperation is being intensified,” Alasania said.
31 Oct.'14 12:36
President Vetoes Delaying Adoption of Key Part of Surveillance Regulation
President Margvelashvili used his veto powers for the first time on October 31.
30 Oct.'14 21:57
Parliament Delays Adoption of Key Part of Surveillance Regulation
Parliament extended deadline for adopting the bill till February 28, 2015.
30 Oct.'14 18:46
Court Orders Pre-Trial Detention of Arrested MoD Officials
U.S. ambassador said: “We have full confidence in Minister Alasania.”
30 Oct.'14 16:47
September GDP Growth 4.1% - Preliminary Data
Economy grew 5.9% y/y in the first nine months of this year, according to Geostat.
30 Oct.'14 15:06
PM Backs Interior Ministry in Debate on Surveillance Bill
PM spoke strongly against of depriving Interior Ministry of its direct access to telecoms’ servers.
30 Oct.'14 00:21
Georgia Moves to Second Phase of EU Visa Liberalization Process
“This is a significant achievement,” EU’s outgoing commissioner for home affairs said.
29 Oct.'14 22:57
Arrest of MoD Officials Fuels Speculation on GD Infighting
One former and four serving officials from the MoD and general staff deny misspending charges.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2013, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
52