The military personnel of the 32nd Battalion returning from Afghanistan to Georgia
The process of returning Georgian peacekeepers from Afghanistan continues. Another group of the Georgian troops deployed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan has returned to the homeland today. The representatives of the Western Command and III Infantry Brigade greeted the 32nd Light Infantry Battalion servicemen at the Tbilisi International Airport, congratulated them on their peaceful return to the motherland and thanked them for the successful accomplishment of the mission.
The 32nd Battalion personnel was fulfilling the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for six months under US command and its main task was protecting the security of the base.
The unit will fully return to Georgia in the near future. The Reinforced Company of III Infantry Brigade has already completed the RSM. The military unit was deployed in Mazar-i-sharif and was carrying out its duties under German command. Georgia has been involved in the ongoing peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan since 2004 and it is the largest per capita contributor among the non-Alliance countries. Georgian Defence Forces are leaving Afghanistan on a schedule agreed with NATO.
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EU to extend sanctions against Belarus and Iran for supporting Russian war against Ukraine, says von der Leyen
The European Union will extend its sanctions, announced in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine, to those who militarily support Russia’s war, such as Belarus or Iran. This was announced by the Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at a press conference today following the signing of the Third EU-NATO Joint Declaration on Cooperation.
“The European Union will keep doing everything in its power to support the brave people of Ukraine. We will keep the pressure on the Kremlin for as long as it takes with the biting sanctions regime,” said von der Leyen. “We will be coming forward with new sanctions on Belarus answering Belarus’ role in this Russian war in Ukraine.”
She also confirmed that the EU will continue its “substantial humanitarian economic and Security Assistance to Ukraine as long as it is necessary”.
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THE GEORGIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TO NATO PA HOLDS BILATERAL MEETINGS IN MADRID
The Parliamentary Delegation, headed by the Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Beraia held the bilateral meetings within the NATO PA sessions.
According to the administration of the Parliament of Georgia, Georgian MPs met with the representatives of Sweden, Finland, Turkey and Estonia and dwelt on the regional security and security challenges of Georgia, the Russian war against Ukraine, the Russian occupation and its consequences, as well as the conventional and hybrid threats that Georgia encounters.
Georgian MPs underlined the necessity of Georgia’s NATO integration and the acceleration of this decision emphasizing the necessity to further enhance the countering the security and hybrid threats for the national defense of Georgia.
According to I. Beraia, providing the drastically aggravated security milieu, the partners well realize the importance of Georgia’s membership, which makes Georgia optimistic.
“The NATO allies can make a brave decision in case of their political will and it is a good signal for us that Georgia’s NATO membership can be accelerated, which is the ultimate goal we look forward since the value-based choice of the Georgian citizens is to become a NATO member. We dwelt on the value of Georgia for NATO against the background of the increased threats in the region. We stressed that Georgia has not only the will but the capacity and experience to contribute to NATO security. When our partners aspire to diversify the energy resources and enhance the connection between the East and West, it increases the role of Georgia as a NATO member state. The partners strongly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country and pledged to further support us in all the formats and at all international platforms and in international organizations”, - I. Beraia stated.
The parties touched upon bilateral relations, Parliamentary cooperation and exchange visits.
The Georgian Delegation is composed of the First Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Giorgi Khelashvili and the Deputy Chairs of the Defense Committee, Vladimir Chachibaia and Teona Akubardia.
THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN HOSTED A MEETING WITH THE SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FOR AFGHANISTAN
On November 14, 2022, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev met with the Special Envoy of the People's Republic of China for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, the high level of strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and the People's Republic of China was emphasized. In this context, it was noted that the dynamics of the Turkmen-Chinese bilateral cooperation is largely due to the open, trusting and friendly dialogue formed between the Leaders of the two states, which gives a powerful impetus to the further development and expansion of cooperation between Turkmenistan and China.
The parties noted that Turkmenistan and China are actively involved in the processes of national reconciliation and economic recovery of the neighboring country, and maintain a dialogue on the Afghan issue on a permanent and systematic basis. Both countries are actively cooperating within the framework of the mechanism of interaction between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of countries neighboring Afghanistan.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan stressed that Turkmenistan considers peacebuilding in Afghanistan from the point of view of the unity of its three main directions: political, economic and social-humanitarian.
First of all, Turkmenistan stands for the development of a dialogue with the new authorities of Afghanistan as the main factor contributing to maintaining stability in the country and bringing closer the prospects for achieving internal harmony and a balance of interests in Afghanistan. Secondly, the process of peacebuilding in Afghanistan cannot be considered without the involvement of this country in regional economic integration processes through the implementation of major infrastructure projects. And, thirdly, the humanitarian component of peacebuilding in this country has always had a positive impact on this process.
In addition, the Turkmen side considers it necessary to search for and use opportunities to hold consultations with authorized Afghan officials on the issues of ensuring peace and security in the region, including issues of countering terrorism and other challenges and threats of our time.
In this regard, the Turkmen side confirmed that it would continue to provide regular support to the Afghan people, based on the principles of good neighborliness and centuries-old friendship.
Prime Minister’s meeting with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia
Georgia’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration and the key directions on the NATO-Georgia relations agenda were the main topics discussed at today’s meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina.
Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina spoke about the supportive measures tailored to Georgia and seeking to expand the country’s defense capabilities even further.
Attention was paid to NATO’s new Strategic Concept. As it was noted, the concept reiterates NATO’s unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial sovereignty and emphasizes the strategic importance of the Black Sea to the Alliance.
According to the Prime Minister, Georgia has always been one of the most reliable and capable partners of the Alliance, making a tremendous contribution to common Euro-Atlantic security. Irakli Garibashvili underlined that, over the years, Georgia has achieved significant progress on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.
The conversation touched on the ongoing war in Ukraine and the complex security environment in the region and the world. Irakli Garibashvili and Javier Colomina discussed the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the Georgian Government’s commitment to the policy of peaceful conflict resolution.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Alexander Vinnikov, Georgia’s Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, and the Head of the Georgian Mission to NATO, Victor Dolidze.Press Service of the Government Administration
The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package Core Team Discusses Crisis Management Initiative
The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) aims to strengthen Georgia’s ability to defend itself and advance in its preparations for NATO membership. Since its endorsement by NATO Heads of State and Government, relevant representatives have been working together to further Georgia’s defense capabilities, increase its interoperability with NATO, and support Georgia’s integration in the alliance.
This week, members of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) Core Team met with representatives of the National Crisis Management Center (Department) of the Office of National Security Council for discussions related to SNGP’s Crisis Management Initiative, which is led by Denmark.