Meeting of Defence and Security Working Group of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter

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The FINANCIAL — A regular meeting of the defence and security working group of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter was held at the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

On the Georgian side, the meeting was co-chaired by First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua and Deputy Defence Minister Levan Girsiashvili, and on the U.S. side – by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Todd Chapmen and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia Evelyn Farkas, according to MOD of Georgia.

The working group discussed a wide range of issues, including U.S.-Georgian bilateral relations in the defence and security spheres. The U.S. side highly appreciated the reforms Georgia has carried out in the sphere of defence and security the progress it has made in this regard and reaffirmed the U.S. government’s readiness to continue and further deepen co-operation, including towards the strengthening of Georgia’s defence capabilities. Talking points included such important components of security as crisis management, border defence, counter terrorism, cyber security and ongoing and future cooperation with the United States of America.

Discussions also focused on the current situation in the region and security challenges. Special attention was paid to the situation in Georgia’s occupied regions. The U.S. delegation reaffirmed firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and condemned the occupation of the Georgian territories by Russia.

The sides reviewed in detail the issues related to Georgia’s integration with NATO, implementation of NATO’s Package of Substantial Measures and the role of the United States in this process. The U.S. delegation emphasized the U.S. government’s unequivocal support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration course and expressed gratitude for Georgia’s contribution to the international peacekeeping missions.

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