On 29-30 March in Tbilisi, the European External Actions Service (EEAS) Managing Director for Common Security and Defence Policy and Crisis Response Mr. Pawel Herczynski and Director General of EU Military Staff Vice-Admiral Hervé Bléjean co-chaired with the Georgian First Deputy Minister of Defence Ms Lela Chikovani the EU-Georgia Consultations on Security and Defence. During the annual consultations and in the context of the military aggression against Ukraine, the sides discussed the regional security situation and ways to further deepen cooperation between the EU and Georgia in the security and defence domain, including tackling hybrid threats, cyber security challenges and fighting disinformation. EEAS delegation also met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Chairman of Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Security and Chairman of Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations.
The working meeting on the synchronization of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package will begin on March 28, at 09:00 tomorrow in Army Hall of Ministry of Defence. First Deputy Minister of Defence Lela Chikovani, Bulgarian Ambassador to Georgia Dessislava Ivanova and NATO HQ representative Steffen Elgersma will open the workshop.
The working meeting for the synchronization of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package was planned jointly by NATO and Georgia. Such kind of workshop is held in Georgia for the first time. It aims at achieving the joint approach towards strategic direction, consolidation of international support and identifying directions requiring additional support and improved management of resources.
During three days, up to 80 experts from the NATO member and partner nations, along with Georgian government representatives will discuss the synchronization of defence and security priorities envisaged by fifteen SNGP initiatives.
The media representatives interested in covering the working meeting on the synchronization of SNGP should arrive at to Ministry of Defence (from Uznadze street) on Tuesday, March 28, 08:30.
The First Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia Lela Chikovani awarded the strategic and operational planning project expert of NATO-Georgia Substantial Package LTC Vincent Henkinet with Kakutsa Cholokashvili Medal. Lela Chikovani thanked the Belgian advisor for his successful mission in Georgia.
Rotation of LTC Vincent Hankin took place after his 6 month-long professional activity in Georgia. He will be replaced by the representative of Armed Forces of Belgium Lieutenant Colonel Claude Moerman who will be working in Georgia under SNGP for six month.
The awarding ceremony was hosted in the Ministry of Defence. The representatives of International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department of MOD and the military experts from SNGP contributor countries attended the meeting as well.
31st August has been announced as the Georgian Peacekeeper`s Day. With regard to this day, Defence Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of the GS Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze laid wreath on the Memorial of the Heroes fallen in fights for the territorial integrity of Georgia and while performing peacekeeping operations. Deputy Ministers Lela Chikovani, Zaal Kapanadze and Giorgi Butkhuzi as well as Deputy Chief of the GS Giorgi Surmava paid tribute to the memory of the fallen military.
Georgian Peacekeeper`s Day was established under the decision of Defence Minister Levan Izoria. 17 years ago, just on this day, the first Georgian Peacekeeping Platoon was deployed to Kosovo to perform the peace support mission there. “Today we are celebrating Georgian Peacekeeper`s Day for the first time. Our military have been faithfully engaged in different international missions for already 17 years led under aegis of EU and NATO. I have just arrived from Afghanistan where I witnessed their professionalism and their international recognition. Each person in Georgia should know that they are fulfilling a very significant mission. It is the demonstration of a great trust towards them and recognition of their professionalism. I am both happy and pride about this fact like any Georgian citizen”, stated Minister Levan Izoria.
Today, Minister will also meet the Georgian military peacekeepers who performed the first mission in Kosovo: ”we are marking this day together with our partners. We have invited the Platoon that had carried out the first peacekeeping mission in Kosovo 17 years ago. First of all I would like to thank all of them and all the military who participated in this important mission.”
Georgian Armed Forces have been participating in the international missions led under the auspices of EU and NATO since 1999. At this moment, the Georgian military contingent is involved in peace support operation as part of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. One Georgian officer is also engaged in the EU military-training mission in Mali.
The First Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia Lela Chikovani met with the Chief of Defence of the Republic of Finland, Lieutenant-General Jarmo Lindberg. The Chief of General Staff of Georgia, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Georgia’s Defence Attaché to the Republic of Finland, Finland’s Defence Attaché to Georgia and othe members of the delegation attended the meeting as well.
The sides discussed the future prospects of cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Finland in the field of Defence. Both sides expressed their willingness to strengthen cooperation and focused on exchange of information in intelligence sphere, cyber security, reserve and mobilization issues.
Lela Chikovani briefed the guests about the planned reforms at the Ministry of Georgia. She got interested in the Finnish model of defence system and talked about the importance of sharing experience. The regional security environment was also discussed at the meeting.
Chief of Defence of the Republic of Finland pays an official visit to Georgia for the first time hosted by his Georgian colleague Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze. The official welcoming ceremony was held in front of the headquarters of the General Staff.
The names of Deputy Defence Ministers are known. According to the new Defence Minister Levan Izoria, the First Deputy Defence Minister will be Lela Chikovani and the Second Deputy Defence Minister will be Nukri Gelashvili.
According to Izoria, Lela Chikovani has quit good experience in Defence and Security systems. She has been working in this field for 18 years.
As for Nukri Gelashvili, he was an Interior Ministry’s Academy Rector.