Defence Minister held a farewell meeting with Estonian Ambassador
Minister of Defence of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Georgia H.E. Mr. Priit Turk. Tinatin Khidasheli hosted the diplomat in the Defence Ministry.
The sides highlighted bilateral relations between Georgia and Estonia and defined future plans of cooperation. Tinatin Khidasheli thanked H.E. Mr. Priit Turk for the contribution provided in the development of Georgia-Estonian partnership and wished him success in the future professional activities.
H.E. Mr. Priit Turk is fulfilling diplomatic mission in Georgia. Estonian Ambassador, in his turn, thanked Defence Minister for the friendship and partnership.
PM's Meeting with Estonian AmbassadorGeorgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met today with Kai Kaarelson, the newly appointed Ambassador of Estonia to Georgia. The parties discussed prospects of deepening Georgia-Estonia relations and the successful cooperation between the two countries in a number of directions. Giorgi Kvirikashvili expressed his gratitude to Estonia for supporting EU visa waiver for Georgia. Special attention was paid to education and economic cooperation. The Prime Minister emphasized Georgia's successful reforms based on Estonian experience, including the so-called Estonian tax model prescribing to tax only dividends. The parties also discussed governance reform, one of the key directions of the Georgian Government's reform agenda, which seeks to increase transparency and ensure greater citizen engagement in government decision-making. The Ambassador commended Georgia's reforms and pointed out that Estonia could benefit from familiarizing itself with Georgian experience.
Solemn reception held in Chinese Embassy
Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Georgia hosted an official reception event in the Hotel “Hauling Tbilisi” to mark the 89th anniversary of the formation of Chinese Liberation Army. The event was opened by the Georgian and Chinese anthems.
Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli, First Deputy Minister Davit Ebralidze, Deputy Minister Besik Loladze, Chief of the GS of the GAF Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Deputy Chief of the GS COL Omar Begoidze and Defence attaches of foreign countries accredited to Georgia attended the reception event.
Tinatin Khidasheli underlined in her speech that Georgia`s Military Attaché will be appointed in People's Republic of China in the nearest future.
Meeting of the defence and security working group under the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic PartnershipA meeting of the Security and Defense Working Group under the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission was held in Washington, on 20 July 2016. The meeting, from the Georgian side, was co-chaired by First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and councilor to the Defence Minister Shota Gvineria, and from the U.S. side - by Deputy Assistant Secretary of state Bill Monahan and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. Georgian Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli opened the meeting, which points to the particular importance of strategic partnership between Georgia and the U.S.
The sides paid special attention to the Memorandum of deepening partnership in the areas of defence and security signed during U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Georgia, which is highly important in terms of strengthening both: Georgia’s defence capabilities and the level of security in the region. The U.S. side highly appreciated the progress Georgia has made in the process of reforming the defence system and reaffirmed its firm support for Georgia’s membership of NATO. The sides also discussed a new programme of alertness of the Georgian armed forces, which the U.S. will start to implement in Georgia at the beginning of the next year.
The sides also welcomed the progress towards additional practical co-operation made at the NATO Summit in Warsaw reaffirming their readiness to heighten the level of Black Sea security and underlined the role of Georgia as a special partner. The U.S. side expressed its gratitude for Georgia’s important contribution to the NATO operations in Afghanistan.
The Georgian delegation informed the U.S. side on the current security environment in Georgia and the region, including the ongoing developments in the occupied territories. The U.S. side reaffirmed an unequivocal support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and underlined the need to carry out duly and fundamental investigation of the murder committed in the village of Khurcha.
The two delegations underlined the role of the Gali and Ergneti Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in settlement of the security issues along the occupation line.
Discussions also focused on the relations between Georgia and the U.S. in the spheres of cyber security, fight against terrorism, protection of borders and maritime security, fight against drug abuse, reform of the law enforcement authorities and their needs, crisis management, etc.
Tinatin Khidasheli: “Service in the Army shouldn’t be Connected with False Sacrifice”
Defence Minister of Georgia fulfilled one more promise to the military servicemen. Under the order issued by Tinatin Khidasheli, from now on military who serves far from his residence place and has already completed the first contract based service, has chance to serve in the army in the nearby military unit from his residence place.
Defence Minister pledged this to the 31st Battalion of III Infantry Brigade in Batumi several months before. Two days ago Tinatin Khidasheli met the military and personally informed the fulfillment of her promise.
As Defence Minister stated, service in the army shouldn’t be connected with false sacrifice, it doesn’t aim to growing up motivation or improving combat awareness.
“We visited this battalion several months ago. In similar to other units, one of the problems of those military servicemen is service far from their residence places. We took decision and pledged the military to render them assistance. All fifty-two servicemen from the 31st Battalion, who had similar problems, will serve to the units near to their residence places from now on”, stated Tinatin Khidasheli.
As Defence Minister stated, under her order if military servicemen have certain problems and have already completed the first contract-base service will serve in the military unit near to their residence place. “If a soldier stays in the army after the accomplishment of the first contract-based service, this means that he precisely knows his rights and obligations realizes service for the motherland in military unit. We have to do our best to promote them”, stated Defence Minister.
Defence Minister visited the 31st Battalion of the III Infantry Brigade together with Deputy Chief of General Staff, Colonel Nikoloz Agladze and Commander of West Command of Land Forces, Colonel Shalva Jabakhidze.
Minister of Defence of Georgia attends the thematic session of Batumi 13th International Conference
Minister of Defence attended the 3rd thematic session held under the framework of the 13th Batumi International Conference “Georgia’s European Way – Stability, Development and Diversity”. Tinatin Khidasheli delivered the speech at the modeled discussions on “the Modern Security Architecture: Challenges and Opportunities”.
The session covered this list of issues that were discussed by the participants: Is the European security strategy ready to address modern challenges such as hybrid warfare, terrorism and migration crisis? How to cooperate more closely to increase the security? What are the instruments of the European Union to guarantee the stability and the security in the region of Eastern Partnership? How dangerous is an attempt of returning to the past and restoring the spheres of influence? Could we expect Russian aggression in the future towards the Eastern Partnership and European Union countries? What leverage can Russia use to halt the European integration process of the Eastern European countries? What is the role of the energy dependency on Russia on of the modern security architecture? How to secure the foreign policy of the independent countries and European aspirations?
“It is always very important, that people with such experience discuss European security system. Fortunately, Along with the Georgia`s issue, the panel discussion was focused on the global threats posed by Russia. For us it is very important to avoid the isolation of the problem in the context of Georgian and Ukrainian cases, as the treat is far more serious. Russia`s state interests are not limited only to the Caucasus and the Black Sea region. Realizing the existing reality is always very important and Warsaw Summit provided a very fertile ground for this. Today we are discussing the ways as how to halt the threats, how to influence the Russian government to begin the dialogue for resolving the problem rather than to instigate a new conflict, “said Tinatin Khidasheli.
The speakers of the session with Tinatin Khidasheli were EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Crisis in Georgia Herbert Salber, Senator of the Republic of Poland Former, Minister of Defence Bogdan Klich, Ambassador and President of Centre for Democracy Public Foundation István Gyarmati and Former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey Yaşar Yakiş.