Official Visit of the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Italian Armed Forces to Georgia
7 September 2021

The Chief of the Defence Staff of the Italian Armed Forces General Enzo Vecciarelli pays an official visit to Georgia. The Italian General met with the Minister of Defence of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze. At the meeting the Georgian Defence Minister extended gratefulness for Italy’s political support to Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and on the path to NATO integration. Georgia’s NATO and EU integration aspirations and active efforts of the defence segment of Italy towards development of Georgia’s defence capabilities and NATO standards were highlighted during the meeting. The sides talked about existing bilateral relations in defence sphere and future plans of cooperation.

After the meeting with the Defence Minister, General Enzo Vecciarelli was hosted by his Georgian counterpart, Major-General Giorgi Matiashvili. The colleagues discussed the ways of further boosting the existing bilateral defence relations at the tête-à-tête meeting that was followed by meeting attended by the leadership of the General Staff of the Georgian Defence Forces and Italian delegation. The sides discussed various activities in the framework of bilateral military cooperation, NATO-Georgia cooperation, joint participation in the large scale multinational exercises and other areas of cooperation. Georgia’s contribution to international security was underlined at the meeting. The sides expressed hope that existing close cooperation in defence sphere will strengthen further in the future.

Today, the Generals visited the Heros’ Square to pay tribute to the memory of the fallen heroes in fights for the territorial integrity of Georgia and laid a wreath at the memorial.

In the framework of the visit, the Italian delegation will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Trainings and Evaluation Center (JTEC).

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