This is the most important agreement Georgia and its strategic partner the United States of America have ever signed,” Minister of Defense of Georgia evaluated the Memorandum on Deepening the Defense and Security Partnership between the United States of America and Georgia signed today within the frames of the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
As Tinatin Khidasheli stated, during 25 years of U.S-Georgia cooperation, the Memorandum considering the U.S. assistance in strengthening defense capabilities of Georgia has been signed for the first time.
“The focus of the assistance of the Georgian Armed Forces has always been associated with international missions and tied to Georgia’s plans to NATO membership. Today we’ve received an additional agreement, which envisages the fundamental and important assistance in fulfilling Georgia’s territorial defense goals. This is the main message of this Memorandum,” Minister of Defense of Georgia declared at the news conference in the State Chancellery and added that according to the Memorandum on Deepening the Defense and Security Partnership between the United States of America and Georgia includes three main areas of cooperation. The specific action plan will be elaborated during the meeting scheduled in mid-July.
“After August War in 2008, some kind of embargo was imposed on Georgia on acquisition of arms. The Secretary of State underlined that support in this area will be the first and foremost aim of the agreement. The second one is preparation for technical procedures related to military sphere. The third one considers special programs that will be planned together with the American side. The next meeting is scheduled for mid-July. The Defense and Security meeting under the Strategic Charter is planned on July 20 but prior to this meeting that we have bilateral dialogue to develop a specific plan. By the end of 2016 the Memorandum will have come into force. According to this document the American side is sharing responsibility with us to assist Georgia in solving internal problems and needs; efficient management and armament", said Khidasheli and added that the US assistance also considers protecting the territorial integrity of Georgia from the land, air and sea as well.