The ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party has officially nominated incumbent Defense Minister and previously Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili for the prime ministerial post, GD Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze announced after the meeting of the GD political council on Thursday.
Kobakhidze believes Gharibashvili would successfully lead the Cabinet.
“Irakli Gharibashvili is one of the GD leaders, former Interior Minister, Prime Minister, and current Defence Minister. Paramount reforms were implemented under his management. He is a professional with outstanding experience who can successfully head the government,” Kobakhidze stated.
Earlier today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced his resignation following the court ruling to arrest the Head of the United National Movement opposition party Nika Melia. Gakharia said he failed to reach an agreement with GD over Nika Melia’s case.
Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria delivered a lecture in the framework of the Project “No to Occupation”. In his address to the representatives of Gori and Kaspi self-governing bodies, non-governmental organizations and local students, Levan Izoria highlighted the implemented and planned defence reforms.
Minister focused on the challenges currently faced by Georgia and the threats expected from Russia, which, according to Minister`s words, is a real problem not only for Georgia and but for the whole western world. Minister Levan Izoria, in consideration of the current threats, underlined significance of the practical steps undertaken by Georgia and emphasized NATO deterrence policy.
One of the key topics of the conversation was the reforms carried out in the field of defence with the aim of strengthening Georgia`s defence capabilities. Minister also informed the attendees about the Georgia Defence Readiness Programme (GDRP), which is implemented in cooperation with Georgia`s strategic partner- the United States. When talking about the Georgian foreign policy priorities, Minister reviewed NATO-Georgia cooperation, Georgia`s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations and different aspects of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP). Levan Izoria also presented the future plans of the Ministry of Defence, in particular, the basic components of Total Defence Concept. Later on the meeting went on in a question and answer format. The questions asked to Minister concerned compulsory military service, reserve and mobilization system, the current situation on the occupied territories and Georgia`s NATO membership prospects.
The meeting with Minister of Defence was held under the support of the organization “Bridge of Friendship-Kartlosi” in the multi-profile school of Kaspi Municipality where the Occupation Museum is located.
Defence Minister: Georgia will continue contribution to global security along with strategic partnersTuesday, 20 June 2017 11:36
“Georgia will continue contribution to global security along with strategic partners “– declared Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria during his visit to the Federal Republic of Germany. Minister of Defence of Georgia attended the pre-deployment training of the Georgian Unit in the Army Combat Training Center in Magdeburg and received positive evaluation about the level of preparedness of the Georgian contingent.
The Georgian delegation led by the Defence Minister Levan Izoria was hosted by the commander of the Training Center who made presentation of the facility and training stages of the Georgian unit. Company of the III Infantry Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces started trainings with the help of the German instructors in Magdeburg Training Center in January. Training course included mechanized, platoon and company level exercises. The Georgian military unit is ready for the mission and will start the peacekeeping mission under the German command in Mazar-i-Sharif in the nearest future.
During three-day visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, Defence Minister of Georgia will meet his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen. Meetings are scheduled with the Academic Director of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) in Berlin, Karl-Heinz Kamp and Under-Secretary for Foreign and Security Policy of the Chancellor of Germany Christoph Heusgen.
Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller outlined the decisions taken by Allied leaders last week in a keynote speech to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi on Monday (29 May 2017). She highlighted that the Alliance is stepping up in the fight against terrorism and making progress on fairer burden-sharing across NATO.
The Deputy Secretary General welcomed that NATO is now a full member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS – a strong symbol of the Alliance’s commitment to the fight against terrorism. NATO AWACS surveillance aircraft will also support the Coalition with airspace management, and a new terrorism intelligence cell at NATO headquarters will improve the sharing of information among Allies. Ms. Gottemoeller stressed that NATO leaders also agreed to do more to ensure fairer burden sharing across the Alliance, with national plans setting out how Allies intend to meet their defence commitments. She highlighted that Montenegro will soon become the 29th member of the Alliance – a clear sign that the door to NATO membership remains open.
The Deputy Secretary General also thanked Georgia for its contributions to NATO, including in Afghanistan. She noted that NATO continues to support Georgia, helping to boost its defence capabilities and to prepare the country for NATO membership. Ms. Gottemoeller added that NPA members play an important role in representing constituents and holding political leaders to account for the decisions they take.
During her visit to Georgia, Ms. Gottemoeller will meet with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Defence Minister Levan Izoria and the Chairman of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze.
Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria visited the military bases of the East Command - the 5th Infantry Brigade in Gori, the 4th Mechanized, the 1st Light Infantry and the 1st Artillery Brigades in Vaziani, Special Operation Forces in Mukhrovani and the 20th Cadre Brigade of the National in Kakheti Region.
Defence Minister was briefed about the current infrastructural and technical problems from the Brigade Commanders.
According to Defence Minister, the wellbeing of soldiers is a priority and Defence Ministry will put a lot of effort to make them to feel appreciated.
“The MOD policy is orientated to the needs of each soldier and we are getting familiarized with them. We visited the West Command and today we are on a tour to the military bases of the East Command. We identified the system and infrastructural problems with the leadership in order to find solutions. We will always pursue the policy focused on the needs of our military personnel and we continue the intensive relations with our soldiers to implement the strategic reforms,” said Minister of Defence, Levan Izoria.
Defence Minister was accompanied by the East Commander of the Land Forces COL Shavlego Tabatadze during the visit to military units.
In the frames of planned session at September, 15 the National Security Council of Georgia publishes information. Two main issues will be discussed on session.
“The National Security Council of Georgia will hold a meeting on September, 15 at 16:00 p.m. at President’s Palace. Two main issues will be discussed: To determine the number of military forces in 2017 and the plans of Defence Ministry,”-it is said in the statement of National Security Council of Georgia.
According to reports, Levan Izoria the Defence Minister and General Mayor Vakhtang Kapanadze will be presenters.
According to Davit Usupashvili, appointment of Levan Izoria as a Defence Minister is not a right decision. Usupashvili says that this is temporary step by Prime Minister.
“The Ruling party and Giorgi Kvirikashvili didn’t want Tina Khidasheli as a Defence Minister. I will not speak about this issue too deeply because I am a member of Security Council as Levan Izoria. We should work together on very serious issues,”-Davit Usupashvili said.
As for Tsikhelashvili he said that she will lead the Ministry better than Paata Zakareishvili.
According to the new Defence Minister, his main priority will be a sober policy. This statement was made by Levan Izoria during a meeting with his employees. He thanked to Prime Minister and said that the planned reforms will continue.
“First of all this provides peace and security and also means retention threats and risks. In the frames of NATO’s strong partnership our active participation in the international security architecture is very important. Our policy will not be threatening for any country,”-Levan Izoria said.
In the framework of the conference "The Changing Geopolitics of the Caucasus Region" official dinner was held at Funicular Restaurant. Georgian Defence Minister attended the event as a specially invited guest.
Tinatin Khidasheli delivered a keynote speech during meeting. She spoke about upcoming Warsaw Summit, NATO policy toward eastern flank and Black Sea security.
“With the variety of opportunities Warsaw Summit is also a great challenge for all of us. It’s important what will be our communication strategy and how successful will it be during and after summit. Whatever happens with the EU the alliance is still firmly stands its integrity policy. Strengthening of NATO on eastern flank and acceptance of Montenegro will positively affect our development and success. On Montenegro’s example we can say that open door policy works and is effective. Strengthening of NATO in the Black Sea region is an opportunity for Georgia. Georgia is ready to join all the security projects on the Black Sea, because we are part of this region. We’ve had many discussions in Brussels and NATO capitals that if there are serious talks about Black Sea security, then there is no security of this region without Georgia.
When we talk about shift of the balance in the Black Sea, we should know that Romania and Bulgaria are not the targets. Georgia and Ukraine are the main targets in this region,” – Tinatin Khidasheli said.