Multinational Exercise Agile Spirit 2019
From July 27 through August 9, Georgia will host the most large-scale multinational military exercise Agile Spirit 2019. The exercise will officially be opened at II Infantry Brigade in Senaki on July 27.
Agile Spirit 2019 is being conducted in Georgia for the ninth time and is aimed to enhance interoperability, train and improve operational capabilities of exercise participants during planning and execution of operations in real time within multinational environment; as well as making contribution in maintaining stable and secure environment over the Black Sea region. That’s why the main message of the Agile Spirit 2019 is - “Strength through Partnership”.
This time the exercise will be held on three locations – II Infantry Brigade in Senaki, Orpolo and Vaziani fire ranges. More than 3000 military servicemen of NATO member and partner countries will participate in Agile Spirit 2019. The following 14 countries are engaged in the exercise: Georgia, USA, UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.
The scenario of the combined multinational exercise includes command, staff and field trainings with live fire, engagement of maneuver and combat support elements in defensive and offensive operations.
Media representatives interested in covering the above-mentioned multinational exercise should apply for accreditation at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia starting from July 20 and ending on July 25 at 18:00 local time. Separate accreditation cards will be issued before each of the events.
SHALVA PAPUASHVILI: THE STRONG PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THESE TWO COUNTRIES SERVES AS A CORNERSTONE FOR ENSURING THE SECURITY OF THE CAUCASUS REGION
"Cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan is crucial for maintaining regional peace and stability. The strong partnership between these two countries serves as a cornerstone for ensuring the security of the Caucasus region”, - the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, H.E. Shalva Papuashvili stated at the reception dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Speaker dwelt on the improvement of the security environment in the region.
According to him, the armed forces are the pride and strength of the country.
"We are fully committed to promoting the enhancement of the security environment in our region. On this momentous day, I want to emphasize the significance of the armed forces in not only safeguarding our nations but also ensuring the peaceful coexistence of our people. The armed forces are a source of pride and strength for our country. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Azerbaijan on Independence Day and Armed Forces Day, and I wish them peace, success, and prosperity. May the armed forces of Azerbaijan serve their nation with honor and dignity", - Shalva Papuashvili stated.
Turkmenistan and Tajikistan have adopted a Declaration on deepening strategic partnership
Following the high-level talks, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan adopted a Declaration on deepening strategic partnership, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said in a press statement published on the official website of the head of state.
"This historic decision meets the fundamental interests of our peoples and is one of the important factors for the development and stability of the region," Rahmon said.
The Governments of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan will work out in detail and submit proposals regarding the rise of economic ties between the countries. Documents on the development of trade and economic ties signed following the visit of President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov to Tajikistan will contribute to this.
Rahmon also said that during the negotiations, the parties agreed to increase the efficiency of the work of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.
MEETING OF IRAKLI BERAIA WITH JAMES APPATHURAI ON GEORGIA’S ACCESSION TO NATO
The Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Beraia, and members of the Committee met the Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges, James Appathurai, who is on a visit to Georgia.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the Euro-Atlantic integration process of Georgia and the significance of expediting Georgia's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance. They also deliberated on the necessity of further reinforcing practical assistance from NATO to Georgia to counter hybrid threats.
The meeting was attended by Committee members Aleksandre Tabatadze, Khatia Tsilosani, Herman Sabo, Aleksandre Elisashvili, Aleksandre Motserelia, and the Head of the NATO Liaison Office, Alexander Vinnikov.
Prime Minister departs for Brussels
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, together with a delegation, has set out on a visit to Belgium.Within the scope of the visit, Irakli Garibashvili will hold high-level bilateral meetings at both NATO and the EU.Led by the Prime Minister, the Georgian delegation consists of Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and Head of the Government Administration Revaz Javelidze.Press Service of the Government Administration
US labels Foreign Agents bill setback to Georgia's aspirations, US ability to be Georgians' partners
“We see a draft piece of legislation that would be a tremendous setback. This would be a setback to the aspirations of the people of Georgia; it would be a setback to the ability of the United States to continue to be a partner for the people of Georgia,” Ned Price, US Department spokesperson stated at the briefing.
Ned Price commented on the People’s Power-tabled bill on the Transparency of Foreign Influence that the Parliament of Georgia adopted on March 7th in its first reading.
According to the spokesperson, “anyone who is voting for this draft legislation would be responsible in part for jeopardizing those very Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the Georgian people.
“You asked about the feeling here. The feeling here is one of deep concern. You have heard us express that sentiment consistently in recent days. It is a feeling of deep concern because of the potential implications of this draft law. This draft law would strike at some of the very rights that are central to the aspirations of the people of Georgia for a consolidated democracy, for Euro-Atlantic integration, and for a brighter future. It would stigmatize and silence independent voices and citizens of Georgia who wish to do nothing more than work together to build a brighter future, a future that is integrated with Europe, a future that is democratic and free, where Georgia is an independent and sovereign country,” Ned Price has said.
The spokesperson went on to say that the US was “deeply concerned and troubled, of course, for what this could mean for the people of Georgia.”
“We are so deeply concerned and troubled, of course, for what this could mean for the people of Georgia, but also because the United States has been a partner to Georgia over the course of recent decades. Ever since Georgia declared its independence, the United States has been right there with it supporting the aspirations of the Georgian people. And at the earliest days of Georgia’s independence, those aspirations were nascent. They were nothing more than an idea in some cases.
Over the course of ensuing decades, the people of Georgia have worked to realize those aspirations. They have made tremendous progress in becoming the democracy that they sought from those earliest days, in integrating Georgia into the Euro-Atlantic community and ensuring that Georgia stays on that path.
Now, however, we see a draft piece of legislation that would be a tremendous setback. This would be a setback to the aspirations of the people of Georgia; it would be a setback to the ability of the United States to continue to be a partner for the people of Georgia. I made this point yesterday, I think it was, but anyone who is voting for this draft legislation would be responsible in part for jeopardizing those very Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the Georgian people. We don’t wish to see that happen. Beyond the United States, it is the EU, the UN, of course most importantly the Georgian people, Georgian civil society groups – all of them have issued strong statements of concern about this draft legislation,” Ned Price stated.
The State Department spokesperson also stated that “the best counterexample is the United States partnership with Georgia,” as the United States are concerned, that partnership could be – at least in part – jeopardized should a law like this move forward.
“The best example is the counterexample. It is an example of the type of partnership that the United States Government can have with people and countries that aspire to continue down that path of democracy, of democratic reform, of integration with Europe and the broader Euro-Atlantic region. I think the best counterexample is the United States partnership with Georgia, if you want to look at what that partnership can look like, what that partnership can feel like, and how, as we are concerned, that partnership could be – at least in part – jeopardized should a law like this move forward.
Ultimately, these are going to be the decisions of the Georgian people and the Georgian Government. It is our strong hope that the Georgian Government listens to the Georgian people. The Georgian people are speaking with a clear voice. Right now, we’re seeing some of those clear voices, those loud voices drowned out by tear gas, by efforts to suppress those – that peaceful exercise of freedom of assembly. That’s of concern to us. But ultimately, we think it’s important that governments around the world, including, of course, the government in Tbilisi, listens to its people,” Price stated.
Alluding to a question whether “there is anything that prevents the United States Government from sanctioning Mr. Ivanishvili, “who is obviously bringing up this sort of legislations,” Ned Price stated: “I don’t speak to specific individuals or entities who may be subject to U.S. or other sanctions, but we have a number of tools within our purview that would allow us to hold accountable anyone in any country around the world who is responsible for the suppression of what would otherwise be a universal human right. There are authorities that are written into various laws, into executive orders that we will look at closely in this context, as we do in any context, to hold to account those who may run afoul of what the Georgian people want and, most importantly, what the Georgian people expect and deserve in terms of their universal rights.”
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