Commander of NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr. is on a visit to Georgia. Today Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili hosted Lieutenant General Cloutier at the Ministry of Defence of Georgia. Defence Minister and LANDCOM Commander discussed NATO-Georgia cooperation issues. They focused on practical mechanisms of cooperation with NATO that contribute to enhancing Georgia’s defence capabilities, resilience and full interoperability with the North Atlantic Alliance that finally moves Georgia closer to its NATO membership aspirations. Defence Minister talked about ongoing and implemented defence reforms that are in full compliance with NATO recommendations and procedures. The sides also discussed Georgia’s significant contribution to international peacekeeping operations, namely in the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in Afghanistan and EU-led missions. Security environment in the region and situation on the occupied territories of Georgia were also topics of discussion.
Prior to meeting with the Defence Minister, Commander of NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr. met with the Commander of the Georgian Defence Forces Major General Giorgi Matiashvili. Later, leadership of the Georgian Defence Forces and NATO LANDCOM delegation members held a meeting in the General Staff HQ where they talked about the NATO-GEO cooperation issues in details.
In the framework of the visit, Lieutenant General Cloutier will attend the airborne operation - Joint Forcible Entry (JFE) at Vaziani air field conducted by the U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Air Forces Europe. NATO LANDCOM delegation members will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Trainings and Evaluation Center (JTEC) and hold talks on further strengthening LANDCOM and GDF collaboration.