Jens Stoltenberg’s visit gives yet another powerful impetus to Georgia’s integration with NATO – David Zalkaliani

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Monday, 25 March 2019 12:13
"Georgia’s being so high on the NATO agenda highlights how important Georgia is to NATO” – Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani told journalists at the airport where an official welcoming ceremony was organized for the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Speaking about NATO-Georgia relations, Zalkaliani said that being held immediately prior to the NATO Ministerial Meeting Jens Stoltenberg’s visit takes on a particular importance. According to Zalkaliani, “next week will be eventful in terms of Georgia-NATO relations. NATO Military Committee will pay a visit to Georgia and I will have a meeting within the framework of the NATO-Georgia Commission in Brussels that will deal with Black Sea security-related issues”.
The Minister said that Jens Stoltenberg’s visit also coincides with NATO military exercises, in which an unprecedented number of NATO partners and members take part.
According to Zalkaliani Georgia has all practical instruments for integration with NATO and Georgia is recognized as a leader in terms of implementing these instruments.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Georgia on 24 March. At the Tbilisi International Airport he was met by Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, Georgia’s Representative to NATO Aleksandre Maisuradze, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Rosaria Puglisi, Poland’s Ambassador to Georgia Mariusz Maszkiewicz.
Within the framework of the visit, the NATO Secretary General will hold meetings with the Prime Minister of Georgia, President, Chairman and members of the Parliament.
Jens Stoltenberg will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) and will attend the joint exercises organized by the Centre.

 

Georgian Defence Forces Lead NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019

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Monday, 18 March 2019 13:39

A landmark NATO-Georgia exercise began today at a military base near Tbilisi, involving military personnel from 24 Allies, Partner and several NATO command headquarters and affiliated centers. First Deputy Defence Minister of Georgia Lela Chikovani, First Deputy Chief of Defence Forces of Georgia, Colonel Nikoloz Janjghava and Deputy Chief of the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), Brigade General Ladislav Jung opened the exercise at “Armyhall”, MoD.

The exercise (Computer Assisted/Command Post Exercise - CAX/CPX), is being held from 18-29 March at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) at National Centre “Krtsanisi” and involves 343 personnel.

This is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to be held in Georgia through the framework of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, but for the first time in which Georgian General Staff is leading a multinational crisis response exercise. It is also the first exercise which involves NATO planning processes from start to finish.

This exercise is designed to train a Georgian-led multinational brigade headquarters staff to plan, coordinate and execute scenario-based military responses to humanitarian crises. It is also testing the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities, also the ability to adopt a comprehensive approach to a non-article 5 crisis response, involving civil-military cooperation with international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

This is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to take place through the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) framework - a set of 15 defence capacity building Initiatives agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales summit in 2014 and Warsaw Summit 2016. The first NATO-Georgia exercise was conducted in 2016 involving NATO allied and partner nations.

The brigade-level exercise is scheduled by NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), conducted by the Georgian General Staff with the mentoring of NATO LANDCOM, and directed by the NATO-Georgia Joint-Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) mentored by NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC).

 

This exercise will be comprised of 21 Allied Nations and 3 Partner Nations, including Georgia as the Host Nation (Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United States, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Sweden).

Humanitarian bodies like the inter-governmental organizations - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO, observer) will also be present during the exercise providing direct feedback and mentorship to exercise participants.

Final Planning Conference of NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 In March 2019

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 13:20

Georgia will host NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019. For the first time, NATO-Georgia joint exercise, in its planning and execution phase, will be commanded by the Georgian Defence Forces.

During three days, the final details of the planning were discussed by the representatives of NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO member and partner countries and Georgian side at NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC).

The Final Planning Conference of NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 was concluded by the Commander of Train and Military Education Command of the Georgian Defence Forces Colonel Grigol Chelidze and summarized the results of the event.

NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 will be conducted at NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC). 23 NATO member and partner countries already expressed their willingness to participate in the event. During the exercise the Georgian military personnel will develop skills in planning NATO operations using computer simulations. The exercise will be conducted within the frames of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package and contribute to the enhancement of Georgia’s interoperability with the Alliance.

Final Planning Conference of NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 In March 2019

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Monday, 04 February 2019 11:12

Georgia will host NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019. For the first time, NATO-Georgia joint exercise, in its planning and execution phase, will be commanded by the Georgian Defence Forces.

During three days, the final details of the planning were discussed by the representatives of NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO member and partner countries and Georgian side at NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC).

The Final Planning Conference of NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 was concluded by the Commander of Train and Military Education Command of the Georgian Defence Forces Colonel Grigol Chelidze and summarized the results of the event.

NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 will be conducted at NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC). 23 NATO member and partner countries already expressed their willingness to participate in the event. During the exercise the Georgian military personnel will develop skills in planning NATO operations using computer simulations. The exercise will be conducted within the frames of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package and contribute to the enhancement of Georgia’s interoperability with the Alliance.

Spain supports Georgia’s aspiration to become a full member of the EU and NATO - Josep Borrell

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:39

Spain supports Georgia’s aspiration to become a full member of the EU and NATO  the Spanish Minister of Foreign AffairsEuropean Union and Co-operation Josep Borrell said  at a joint press conference held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani.
The foreign ministers of the two countries highly appraised Georgia-Spain relations and Georgia’s significant progress on the path of development.
According to Zalkaliani, Spain strongly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while Georgia, on its part, reconfirms its frim position regarding Spain’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. David Zalkaliani provided his Spanish colleague with detailed information on the situation in Georgia’s occupied territories and underlined the necessity of peaceful resolution of the conflict.
The Ministers positively appraised an increasing level of business and economic contacts between the two countries, as well as the successful operation of Spanish companies in Georgia. In this context, the two ministers highlighted Georgia’s transit opportunities and favourable investment and business climate, which, along with Georgia’s good international ratings, provide ample grounds for the European companies to get interested in Georgia as a bridge between Asia and the Far East.   David Zalkaliani also spoke about the importance of developing tourism in Georgia and learning from the Spanish experience in this regard.
While on the theme of EU integration, Zalkaliani highlighted the successful reforms ongoing in Georgia that make irreversible Georgia’s European integration. Special attention was paid to the EU Integration Roadmap – the Georgian Government’s recent initiative. According to Zalkaliani, Georgia is committed to make much more than required by the Association Agreement in order to achieve its ultimate goal – full-scale membership of the EU.
The ministers also reaffirmed that Georgia has all practical instruments for NATO membership. Georgia’s essential role in ensuring international security and stability was also highlighted.
David Zalkaliani invited his Spanish colleague   to attend the Batumi conference this year, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership initiative.

President S. Zourabichvili to Visit Brussels

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Monday, 21 January 2019 12:48

Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia will leave for Brussels on January 21 to hold meetings as part of her fist working visit abroad.
According to Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Georgian Mission to the EU, President Zourabichvili’s first visit to Brussels has a political significance.
“The President of Georgia will meet with our partners in NATO and the EU. Meetings are planned with all three presidents of the EU, namely Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. To discuss foreign affairs, President Zourabichvili will hold meetings with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. It is likely and I am certain that the President will once again underscore the importance of Georgia’s European integration,” Natalie Sabanadze said.
President Zourabichvili’s visit will end on January 23. 

The North-Atlantic Council will meet with the Georgian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 13:04
“The fact that the North-Atlantic Council will meet with the Georgian and Ukrainian foreign ministers within the framework of the NATO ministerial meeting points to how high Georgia is on the NATO political agenda” – the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani said.

According to him, this meeting acquires all the greater importance against the background of the international community focused on the security environment in the Black Sea region.   
“It is important that during the Ministerial and the Summit a separate meeting will be held with Georgia and Ukraine. It is important that the meeting will be focused on the context of the regional security. Special accents will be made on the issues related with the Black Sea security. We have achieved tangible results at the previous NATO Summit when Georgia and Ukraine have participated in an unprecedented format and a special declaration has been also adopted with regard to the practical cooperation on the Black Sea. We will discuss the above issues, on how we should put these decisions into a practical dimension. The very fact that the North Atlantic Council will hold a meeting with Georgia and Ukraine within the framework of the NATO Ministerial, is yet another proof of Georgia’s high role in the political agenda of the NATO,” – the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani stated in Brussels while commenting on the upcoming meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Georgia and Ukraine scheduled within the framework of the NATO Ministerial.
According to Zalkaliani the meeting will focus on a full spectrum of issues relating to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration process.

 “We have tangible results in terms of implementing practical instruments and it is important that these results translate into political dimension and membership” – Zalkaliani said.  

As the Georgian Foreign Minister highlighted, attention of NATO partners will be focused on the situation in Georgia’s occupied regions and the Georgian Government’s peace initiatives.

The Georgian Foreign Minister is in Brussels to attend the NATO Foreign Ministerial meeting on 4 and 5 December.  

Final Demonstrative Training within Noble Partner 2018

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 17:52

Multinational military exercise Noble Partner 2018 was concluded at the 11th shooting range in Vaziani with live fire demonstrational exercise. Multinational division conducted combined live fire exercise, in which the objective of multinational unit was regional defence by elimination of the factious enemy in the region of operation and giving to the division possibility of counterattack.

Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria, Chief of General Staff, Major-General Vladimer Chachibaia and Director of the Joint Staff for the Georgia National Guard, USA, Brigadier General Reginald Neal, as well as the representatives of Georgia’s legislative officials, foreign defence attachés and Substantial NATO-Georgia Package core team experts attended the event.

This year Georgian military personnel, for the first time, used FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile system. The exercise involved the U.S. AH-64 Apache helicopters. During the live fire the Georgian, German and U.S. military personnel received fire support by German Marder infantry fighting vehicles, the U.S Stryker armored fighting vehicles and T-72 main battle tanks existing in Georgian armament. The live fire exercise also involved artillery and engineer units.

The German Chancellor visit to Georgia is highly important – David Zalkaliani

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:06

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Georgia on 23 and 24 August. It is important that Georgia hosts such a high level visit from a country which shows firm support on its Euro-Atlantic path. Merkel will also visit the South Caucasian region. It will be Merkel’s second visit to Georgia in 10 years. I think that this visit is really important from the standpoint of timing. Given the current situation in the region and the challenges facing our country, the importance of Germany’s support for Georgia’s aspiration to join the European Union and NATO cannot be overestimated” - Zalkaliani said.
According to him, Georgia attaches paramount importance to close co-operation with the German partner and the government is relentless in its efforts to ensure that Georgia keeps atop the German political agenda.  

The Prime Minister’s visit to the EU is yet another proof of the irreversibility of Georgia’s EU integration path

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Monday, 30 July 2018 14:22

“The Prime Minister’s visit to the European Union is yet another proof that Georgia is irreversibly on the path of EU integration that is confirmed by the Prime Minister’s new programme” – Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said when commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit to Brussels and high-level meetings. 
According to David Zalkaliani, during the meetings held at the European Commission, Council of Europe and NATO Headquarters, the European Partners recognized Georgia’s ambitious plans for EU integration and the reforms implemented in the country in this regard.
According to the Minister, discussions during the high-level meetings focused on the road map envisaging greater sectoral integration with the EU and more active involvement in the EU agencies and programmes.

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