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.
“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 pathMonday, 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.
“We have a good common objective, which is to strengthen our defense and how we build more peace and security together”, - this was the message from the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation SACT General Denis Mercier declared after meeting with the Georgian Defence Minister Levan Izoria.
After the official welcome ceremony at the headquarter of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces General Denis Mercier held meetings with the Georgian Defence Minister and Chief of General Staff of GAF.
Levan Izoria thanked General Mercier for the steadfast political and practical support of NATO towards Georgia and introduced implemented and ongoing defence reforms to him which are directed at strengthening the defence capabilities of Georgia and bring Georgia closer to NATO.
According to the Defence Minister, visit of General Denis Mercier to Georgia demonstrates the support of the North Atlantic Alliance to the NATO aspirant country - Georgia.
During the meeting the sides talked about the progress Georgia achieved on the path towards NATO integration. Special focus was made on implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP), in particular on NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) which is closely cooperating with the NATO Allied Command Transformation.
The resolution, which was submitted to the Senate on May 24, reiterates the US support to Georgia and condemns the occupation of historic Georgian lands by Russia.
The authors of the resolution are Senators David Perdue, Ben Cardin and Johnny Isakson.
The resolution supports the partnership between Georgia and the US for defence and security and initiates even higher level of cooperation in the fields. The resolution also encourages more intensive trade and commercial ties between the two countries, based on mutual interests.
The resolution reaffirms US strong support to Georgia’s NATO membership and praises Georgia’s role for international peace and security".
The resolution condemns the occupation of Georgian territories by Russia and calls upon the country to withdraw its forces from the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia).
The resolution speaks about the severe violation of human rights in and near the occupied territories of Georgia.
Within the framework of NATO Days, the Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with representatives of the Kvemo Kartli local self-government bodies, non-governmetal organizations and media.
Mikheil Janelidze expressed his satisfaction that he paid his first visit within the NATO Days to Marneuli – a town with great potential and future ahead of it, whose population is highly motivated to support the forwarding-looking processes in the country. According to the Minister, the main task is to provide the society with insights into Georgia’s NATO and EU integration processes and related challenges.
The Foreign Minister extensively spoke about Georgia-NATO co-operation saying that it serves the goal of enhancing the country’s defence capabilities.
“Integration with NATO is the unaltered choice of Georgia’s security. We have the right to enhance our defence capabilities in order to be able to tackle any kind of aggression” – the Minister said.
According to Mikheil Janelidze, the ultimate goal of the Georgian government is to achieve full membership of the EU.
“Our ultimate goal is to achieve full membership of the EU in roder to become a full-fledged member of the European family and receive all benefits that the citizens of other European countries enjoy. We are sure to achieve this goal because we have outstanding results: We are the leader of the Eastern Partnership with our progress and reforms” – Mikheil Janelidze said.
Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met with the newly-appointed Head of the NATO Liaison Office, Rosaria Puglisi.
The Minister congratulated Rosaria Puglisi on her appointment wishing her success in her future endeavours. Discussions focused on various aspects of Georgia-NATO co-operation, including the implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) and the preparation for the NATO Summit in 2018.
Special attention was paid to the important role the NATO Liaison Office plays in terms of facilitating Georgia’s integration with NATO, as well as promoting communication with the population.
According to Rosaria Puglisi, the priority during her term of office will be assisting Georgia in moving closer to the Alliance. She reaffirmed NATO’s firm support for Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
First Deputy Minister of Defence Lela Chikovani met with State Secretary of Romania, Mircea Duşa in Hilton Batumi Hotel. The sides highlighted the bilateral defence cooperation and prospects of future partnership. The joint participation of Georgian and Romanian soldiers in multinational exercises and the practical assistance of the Romanian partners in Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) implementation were underlined during the meeting.
The attendees also focused on strengthening NATO`s presence in Black Sea region to further enhance the regional stability.
At the end of the meeting, Lela Chikovani and Mircea Duşa signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
The bilateral meeting was held within the framework of South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial.
The head of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Administration of the Government of Georgia Natalia Jaliashvili took part in the session of NATO-Georgia Commission that took place on September 12, at the headquarters of the NATO.
Implementation of the Human Rights National Strategy and the Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council was discussed during the meeting. The session was held at the level of Partnerships and Cooperative Security Committee (PCSC). Jaroslaw Skonieczka, Senior Director of Integration, Partnership and Cooperation Directorate chaired the meeting.
Deputy Head of the Human Resources Department under the Ministry of Interior, Maka Petriashvili also attended the session.
Members of the Georgian delegation updated the allies on the challenges in the field of human rights protection and steps taken by the Government of Georgia in that area. Particular attention was paid to the judicial reforms, efforts taken to reinforce freedom of media, gender equality, protection of labor safety, reinforcement of the rights of the persons with disabilities and implementation of Resolution 1325 in Georgia. The allies welcomed the steps taken by Georgia in terms of reinforcement of the human rights protection.
Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and his Deputy Rose Gottemoeller expressed deep condolences over the death of Georgian service member, Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili in Afghanistan. NATO leaders expressed their condolences on the name of the Alliance to the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and family of the fallen soldier.
Commander of the “Resolute Support” mission, General John W. Nicholson Jr. also expressed condolences: “Our prayers today are with the almost 900 Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan who are mourning their fallen comrade,” said General John Nicholson. “The commitment of Georgia as our largest non-NATO contributor is vital to our mission and we are honored to stand beside them under these difficult circumstances.”
An attack was conducted on a combined motorized patrol in the vicinity of the Bagram Air Base, in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. As a result, Soldier of the 23rd Battalion of the II Infantry Brigade who served in the “Resolute Support” mission, Junior Sergeant Mdinari Bebiashvili (23.10.1991) was killed in Action. Junior Sergeant Bebiashvili served in the Georgian Armed Forces since 2010. He participated in the ISAF mission in 2012 and 2014. He has received medal for “Participating in Peacekeeping Operations”.