The FINANCIAL — The second high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue took place on 23 October 2018 in Brussels. The meeting reconfirmed both sides’ strong interest in closer cooperation in foreign and security policy, in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
The sides discussed the situation in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, including the implementation of the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Agreement. They exchanged views on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including the state of affairs and security challenges in the region.
The dialogue was co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Belliard and Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Vakhtang Makharoblishvili.
Further topics discussed included energy security, countering radicalisation and violent extremism as well as hybrid threats, including the role of strategic communications in this respect. The dialogue provided an opportunity for the EU to brief the Georgian side about its future security-related assistance.
The sides acknowledged Georgia’s contribution to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy, including through participation in EU-led crisis management operations, and explored ways to enhance cooperation in this field.
The meetings of the high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue are held at least once a year and cover issues of common interest in the field of foreign and security policy, including the CSDP.