Meetings of Deputy Defence Minister at NATO HQ Completed
2 May 2015

Deputy Defence Minister of Georgia completed an official visit to NATO HQ in Brussels. Levan Girsiashvili participated in NATO-Georgia Commission where discussions were led in the NATO HQ about fulfilling commitments undertaken by Georgia under Defence Planning and Review Process (PARP).

In the 28+1 format of NATO-Georgia Commission, the representatives of NATO member countries positively evaluated ongoing and implemented defence reforms of Georgia. They appreciated Georgia’s contribution to the international operation in Afghanistan and expressed readiness to support the country in implementing the substantial package granted to Georgia at the NATO Wales Summit.

At NATO HQ Deputy Defence Minister met with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai. The sides focused on the aspects of implementation of the NATO-Georgia substantial package.

Within the visit to Brussels, Levan Girsiashvili held meetings on Georgia’s NATO integration prospects with NATO Defence Policy and Planning Director, Frank Boland, Head of NATO Office of Security Tod Brown and other officials of NATO.

Following the end of the official visit to Brussels, Deputy Defence Minister Levan Girsiashvili estimated the meetings at NATO HQ: “In the 28+1 format of NATO-Georgia Commission, we discussed the implemented reforms in 2014 for improving Georgia’s defence capability. The representatives of NATO member countries positively evaluated ongoing and implemented defence reforms of Georgia.  I also would like to emphasize the high level meetings, especially with Mr. James Appathurai.  NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia reaffirmed Alliance’s firm support on Georgia’s way to NATO integration and implementation of Substantial Package”.   

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