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.
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”.
Mike Pence: “We are here today, with the steadfast assurance of the United States of America to tell our friends in Georgia: We are with you!”Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:49
“We stand with you because we know the wisdom of that ancient Georgian saying there is -- “strength is in unity.” So in unity, together, we will be strong in arms. The President sent me here to this place, at this time simply to thank all -- thank you for stepping up to serve your nations, for standing in the gap on this great frontier -- united in the defense of freedom. You are the best of us -- heroes all. United States and Georgia are bound together by the abiding oath of friendship and by our shared commitment to the cause of freedom.” – these words were addressed by US Vice President Mike Pens to Georgian and American soldiers which are participating in a multinational exercise "Nobel Partner 2017", at Alekseevka Aviation Base.
In his speech US Vice President underlined the importance of the exercise and mentioned that the strategic partnership between the United States and Georgia is stronger now than ever before: “This joint exercise is a tangible sign of our commitment to each other to make it stronger still. Exercise Noble Partner brings together the Armed Forces of the United States, of Georgia, and many other nations to train together and execute complex operations. Noble Partner will strengthen Georgia’s ability to defend itself in the years ahead. It will prepare Georgian soldiers to join NATO’s Response Force in the future. This exercise is a testament to your professionalism, to the high value that the United States and our NATO allies place on Georgia’s security”.
Mike Pence also recalled Georgian peacekeepers who’ve given their lives in Afghanistan and emphasized that the American people remember their sacrifice and their families on this day.
US Vice President once again expressed support of the United States for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and said that The United States of America, under President Donald Trump, will reject any claim, at any time, by any nation that undermines this enduring principle.
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili and Defence Minister of Georgia Levan Izoria welcomed Georgian and American military units. “The Armed Forces of our countries are on Georgian soil to defend our dignity, security and freedom. That’s why you are nobles and your partnership is very important for our common well-being,” said Giorgi Margvelashvili.
The Minister of Defence emphasized the importance of multinational exercise and the visit of the US Vice President: “The name Noble Partner has not been randomly selected. This name was deserved by the reliability, contribution and devotion of our soldiers. The visit of the US Vice President is a support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as the support of our democratic development”.
After completing the official part of the event held in the Alekseevka Aviation Base, US Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Georgian and American soldiers personally and took memorable photos.
Mike Pence has completed an official visit to Georgia with a meeting with the participants of "Noble Partner 2017".
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.
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.
Within the framework of its spring session from 26 to 30 May 2017, NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly passed a Declaration in support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration, which contains highly important political messages.
The NATO PA Declaration reaffirms the importance of the Alliance’s Open Door Policy and the progress Georgia has made as an aspirant nation on its integration path.
The Declaration emphasizes the Assembly’s firm commitment to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and the fact that Georgia’s relationship with the Alliance contains all the practical tools to prepare for eventual membership,
The declaration therefore urges the member governments and parliaments of the North Atlantic Alliance to advance further the political dimension of Georgia’s NATO integration in order to create the conditions to grant the Membership Action Plan to Georgia in the future.
The Document deals in detail with all important aspects of NATO-Georgia practical co-operation urging the member governments to continue strengthening Georgia’s defence capabilities, including by helping Georgia enhance its ability to tackle hybrid threats.
The Document declares unequivocally that Georgia makes a significant contribution to the common Euro-Atlantic security.
The Assembly Reaffirms its strong support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia condemning the continuous illegal occupation of the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia, steps taken towards the de facto annexation of these regions by Russia and other illegal activities.
The Assembly calls upon the Russian Federation to reverse the recognition of Georgia’s occupied regions as independent states and withdraw its military forces from these territories.
The Declaration highly appraises Georgia’s reforms in various areas bringing the country closer to Euro-Atlantic standards.
The meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi and the Declaration adopted provide a clear proof of the increasing dynamics of NATO-Georgia relations serving the ultimate goal of speeding up the process of Georgia’s integration with NATO.
Communication Strategy of the Government of Georgia on Georgia’s EU and NATO Membership for 2017-2020Monday, 08 May 2017 15:44
Georgia's membership to the EU and NATO constitutes the top priority for the country's foreign and security policy, which is strongly supported by the majority of the population. It is a firm will of the citizens of Georgia that the country takes its proper place in the European and Euro-Atlantic community, which shares a common civilization and values; that the citizens live in a developed state secured from external threats and which is based on the principles of rule of law and human rights protection.
Pursuant to the Resolution on Foreign Policy of Georgia adopted by the Parliament of Georgia on 29 December 2016, Georgia's EU and NATO membership is of the highest priority, without alternative. Throughout the implementation of the country's foreign policy objectives, special efforts will be directed towards the active management of strategic communications on Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration that will ensure the preservation of high and aware public support for the country's Western orientation.
For the effective implementation of Georgia's foreign policy objectives, as well as in compliance with the Resolution of the Parliament of Georgia, the Government Communication Strategy on Georgia's membership to the EU and NATO has been elaborated. This document prescribes the ways and means necessary to facilitate ensuring public support to the process of Georgia's membership to the EU and NATO, and outlines the role and functions of relevant state agencies responsible for the implementation thereof. Strategic communications on Georgia's membership to the EU and NATO are carried out in accordance with the present strategy and action plan elaborated in compliance thereto.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Tacan Ildem
Discussions focused on the process of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. The sides highlighted NATO-Georgia fruitful co-operation in the areas of public diplomacy and strategic communications. Talking points also included the widespread anti-west propaganda and the challenges involved in fighting against it.
The Minister spoke about the steps taken by the Government and the awareness-raising campaign. Mikheil Janelidze underlined the importance of strategic communications and spoke extensively about the reforms carried out within the government in general, and in specific agencies, in particular.
The NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy took part in the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum held on 10 April.
The Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sofio Katsarava held the meeting with the Heads of the Strategic Communication Departments of the Ministries of Defense and of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Office of the State Minister on EU and NATO Integration.
The meeting aimed at introduction of the action plans of the Departments, ongoing campaigns and related issues. The parties discussed closed cooperation between the Departments in planning of the long-term policy with the Parliament.
“I believe the strategic communication is of utmost importance for improvement of coordination and communication. I am glad that this issue is relevant and there are lots of donor organizations, including British and Estonian donors supporting us. Taking our oversight function into account, we need to ensure close and long-term cooperation with the Ministries”, - S. Katsarava stated.
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.