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.
Rotation of the Albanian SNGP Project representative
Chief of the General Staff of the GAF COL Omar Begoidze awarded certificate of gratitude and memory gift to the Albanian Leader of Strategic and Operative Planning Project under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP)Tonin Marku. COL Omar Begoidze thanked the military advisor for his successful mission in Georgia.
Rotation of Albanian Colonel Tonin Marku in motherland took place after his 6 month-long professional activity in Georgia. He will be replaced by the representative of Albanian Armed Forces COL Adi Ndoni. He will be working in Georgia under SNGP for a year.
The event was held in Information-Educational Centre of the Ministry of Defence in presence of Advisor to Defence Minister in International Affairs Shota Gvineria and the military advisors from the SNGP contributing nations.
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.
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.
Georgian Quick Reaction Team Returned to Homeland from C.A.R.
EU-led Military-Advisory Mission (EUMAM RCA) in the Central African Republic officially completed. Quick Reaction Team of the Georgian Armed Forces participated in the EUMAM RCA has already returned to Georgia from the C.A.R. First Deputy Chief of the general Staff of the GAF, Colonel Omar Begoidze welcomed the Georgian military at Tbilisi International Airport and thanked them for the successful implementation of the mission.
“EU-led mission in the Central African Republic where Georgian team manned with 5 soldiers came to an end. Georgian team carried out quick reaction tasks. Our military protected security of the EU advisors and implemented the mission on a high level. Today they have returned to motherland peacefully. EU military and political leadership gave high evaluation to our military. Now we are getting ready for a new EU-led advisory mission which launch in the Central African Republic in the nearest future”, outlined Colonel Omar Begoidze.
Georgian Quick Reaction Team carried out the EUMAM RCA from April 12, 2016 along with the military from 11 countries. This is the second Georgian unit which participated in the EU-led Military-Advisory Mission in Bangui, Central African Republic.
Military-Advisory Mission launched on March 16, 2016 and officially completed on July 16, 2016. Head of the mission, French Brigadier General Dominique Laugel addressed the military and awarded them with the EU Medals “EUMAM RCA”.
EUMAM RCA aimed to render assistance to the local government in order to support in reforming of security sector and local military forces. The main mission of the Georgian military was escorting and provision security for high rank officials.