Minister of Defense of Georgia Met with the U.S. Secretary of Defense
10 February 2023

Minister of Defense of Georgia is on an official visit to the United States. During his meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, Juansher Burchuladze discussed issues of strategic partnership between Georgia and the U.S. in the field of defense and security. Minister noted that the Government of Georgia and the Georgian people attach paramount importance to the strategic partnership with the United States, which is essential to strengthen Georgia’s defense and deterrence capabilities, and peaceful and stable development.

At the meeting, sides discussed global and regional security challenges. Russia’s illegal occupation of the Georgian and Ukrainian territories, as well as the actions that challenge rules-based international order was highlighted. Georgia's important role in the security architecture of the Black Sea, in promoting peace and stability in the region, was emphasized.

According to the Minister, the US-Georgia partnership is based on shared values ​​and interests. The Georgian military's significant contribution to international missions for global security was highlighted, as well as the experience of fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers that further strengthened the existing partnership between the two countries.

Juansher Burchuladze expressed gratitude to the U.S. side for their significant strategic, successful and dynamic partnership that serves the goal to strengthen Georgia's defense capabilities and resilience. Georgia’s Defense and Deterrence Enhancement Initiative deepens an already exemplary partnership and contributes to peace and stability not only in Georgia, but in the wider Black Sea region too.

In the framework of his visit to the United States, Minister visited the Arlington National Cemetery and laid a wreath at the monument honoring the Unknown Soldier. The meeting is also planned in the U.S. National Guard Bureau.

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