Georgian PM and US Secretary of Defense talked about successful bilateral cooperation
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia met with Mark Thomas Esper, United States Secretary of Defense within the framework of the 56th Munich Security Conference.
The sides talked about successful bilateral cooperation and support of the US to Georgia for strengthening the country’s defense and security capabilities.
It was noted that the security cooperation framework, as well as Georgia’s Defense Readiness Programme (GDRP), training center and implementation of institutional reforms, were the result of successful joint efforts in the strategic partnership and security area.
The Georgian Prime Minister thanked Mark Esper for the substantial support in the field of defense.
The parties discussed the 2020-2030 Georgia Defense Force Development Plan, which includes specific steps for the long-term development of the country’s defense capabilities.
Giorgi Gakharia underlined the importance of US support in the field of security as well. In this context, the focus was made on the Black Sea security and cooperation with NATO. The importance of cooperation with the US in dealing with hybrid threats was also emphasized.
Mark Esper underlined Georgia’s significant contribution to international peacekeeping missions under the auspices of NATO and the European Union.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaliani, Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili and Prime Minister’s Advisor for International Affairs Irakli Chikovani.
Head of the Georgian government will hold high-level bilateral meetings within the framework of the working visit to Munich.