Solemn reception held in Chinese Embassy

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Friday, 29 July 2016 16:58

Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Georgia hosted an official reception event in the Hotel “Hauling Tbilisi” to mark the 89th anniversary of the formation of Chinese Liberation Army. The event was opened by the Georgian and Chinese anthems.
Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli, First Deputy Minister Davit Ebralidze, Deputy Minister Besik Loladze, Chief of the GS of the GAF Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze, Deputy Chief of the GS COL Omar Begoidze and Defence attaches of foreign countries accredited to Georgia attended the reception event.
Tinatin Khidasheli underlined in her speech that Georgia`s Military Attaché will be appointed in People's Republic of China in the nearest future.

Defence Minister held a farewell meeting with Estonian Ambassador

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Friday, 29 July 2016 16:48

Minister of Defence of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Estonia to Georgia H.E. Mr. Priit Turk. Tinatin Khidasheli hosted the diplomat in the Defence Ministry.
The sides highlighted bilateral relations between Georgia and Estonia and defined future plans of cooperation. Tinatin Khidasheli thanked H.E. Mr. Priit Turk for the contribution provided in the development of Georgia-Estonian partnership and wished him success in the future professional activities.
H.E. Mr. Priit Turk is fulfilling diplomatic mission in Georgia. Estonian Ambassador, in his turn, thanked Defence Minister for the friendship and partnership.

Meeting of the defence and security working group under the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership

Published in Politics
Friday, 22 July 2016 16:50
A meeting of the Security and Defense Working Group under the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission was held in Washington, on 20 July 2016.  The meeting, from the Georgian side, was co-chaired by First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani and councilor to the Defence Minister Shota Gvineria, and from the U.S. side - by Deputy Assistant Secretary of state Bill Monahan and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter. Georgian Minister of Defence Tinatin Khidasheli opened the meeting, which points to the particular importance of strategic partnership between Georgia and the U.S.
The sides paid special attention to the Memorandum of deepening partnership in the areas of defence and security signed during U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Georgia, which is highly important in terms of strengthening both: Georgia’s defence capabilities and the level of security in the region. The U.S. side highly appreciated the progress Georgia has made in the process of reforming the defence system and reaffirmed its firm support for Georgia’s membership of NATO.  The sides also discussed a new programme of alertness of the Georgian armed forces, which the U.S. will start to implement in Georgia at the beginning of the next year. 
The sides also welcomed the progress towards additional practical co-operation made at the NATO Summit in Warsaw reaffirming their readiness to heighten the level of Black Sea security and underlined the role of Georgia as a special partner. The U.S. side expressed its gratitude for Georgia’s important contribution to the NATO operations in Afghanistan.
The Georgian delegation informed the U.S. side on the current security environment in Georgia and the region, including the ongoing developments in the occupied territories. The U.S. side reaffirmed an unequivocal support for Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and underlined the need to carry out duly and fundamental investigation of the murder committed in the village of Khurcha.
The two delegations underlined the role of the Gali and Ergneti Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in settlement of the security issues along the occupation line.
Discussions also focused on the relations between Georgia and the U.S. in the spheres of cyber security, fight against terrorism, protection of borders and maritime security, fight against drug abuse, reform of the law enforcement authorities and their needs, crisis management, etc.   

 

Tinatin Khidasheli: “Service in the Army shouldn’t be Connected with False Sacrifice”

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:30

Defence Minister of Georgia fulfilled one more promise to the military servicemen. Under the order issued by Tinatin Khidasheli, from now on military who serves far from his residence place and has already completed the first contract based service, has chance to serve in the army in the nearby military unit from his residence place.
Defence Minister pledged this to the 31st Battalion of III Infantry Brigade in Batumi several months before. Two days ago Tinatin Khidasheli met the military and personally informed the fulfillment of her promise.
As Defence Minister stated, service in the army shouldn’t be connected with false sacrifice, it doesn’t aim to growing up motivation or improving combat awareness.
“We visited this battalion several months ago. In similar to other units, one of the problems of those military servicemen is service far from their residence places. We took decision and pledged the military to render them assistance. All fifty-two servicemen from the 31st Battalion, who had similar problems, will serve to the units near to their residence places from now on”, stated Tinatin Khidasheli.
As Defence Minister stated, under her order if military servicemen have certain problems and have already completed the first contract-base service will serve in the military unit near to their residence place. “If a soldier stays in the army after the accomplishment of the first contract-based service, this means that he precisely knows his rights and obligations realizes service for the motherland in military unit. We have to do our best to promote them”, stated Defence Minister.  
Defence Minister visited the 31st Battalion of the III Infantry Brigade together with Deputy Chief of General Staff, Colonel Nikoloz Agladze and Commander of West Command of Land Forces, Colonel Shalva Jabakhidze.  

 

Minister of Defence of Georgia attends the thematic session of Batumi 13th International Conference

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Friday, 15 July 2016 17:35

Minister of Defence attended the 3rd thematic session held under the framework of the 13th Batumi International Conference “Georgia’s European Way – Stability, Development and Diversity”. Tinatin Khidasheli delivered the speech at the modeled discussions on “the Modern Security Architecture: Challenges and Opportunities”.
The session covered this list of issues that were discussed by the participants: Is the European security strategy ready to address modern challenges such as hybrid warfare, terrorism and migration crisis? How to cooperate more closely to increase the security? What are the instruments of the European Union to guarantee the stability and the security in the region of Eastern Partnership? How dangerous is an attempt of returning to the past and restoring the spheres of influence? Could we expect Russian aggression in the future towards the Eastern Partnership and European Union countries? What leverage can Russia use to halt the European integration process of the Eastern European countries? What is the role of the energy dependency on Russia on of the modern security architecture? How to secure the foreign policy of the independent countries and European aspirations? 
“It is always very important, that people with such experience discuss European security system. Fortunately, Along with the Georgia`s issue, the panel discussion was focused on the global threats posed by Russia. For us it is very important to avoid the isolation of the problem in the context of Georgian and Ukrainian cases, as the treat is far more serious. Russia`s state interests are not limited only to the Caucasus and the Black Sea region. Realizing the existing reality is always very important and Warsaw Summit provided a very fertile ground for this. Today we are discussing the ways as how to halt the threats, how to influence the Russian government to begin the dialogue for resolving the problem rather than to instigate a new conflict, “said Tinatin Khidasheli.
The speakers of the session with Tinatin Khidasheli were EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Crisis in Georgia Herbert Salber, Senator of the Republic of Poland Former, Minister of Defence Bogdan Klich, Ambassador and President of Centre for Democracy Public Foundation István Gyarmati and Former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey Yaşar Yakiş.

Georgian-American Joint Exercise Concluded

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 16:01

Georgian-American Joint Exercise for Special Forces units concluded. Minister of Defence of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli and Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Major- General Vakhtang Kapanadze congratulated military personnel on successful accomplishment of the training course. They thanked the foreign partners for their support and underlined the importance of such training programs.
“This program is one of those numerous projects and programs that have been jointly carried out by the U.S. and Georgian sides aimed at increasing Georgia’s defence capabilities. I am sure that such programs are beneficial for our soldiers and the Americans as well.  We have many years ahead to share knowledge and experiences more actively in order to achieve interoperability of our units with the requirements of the international community from this type of military units”, Tinatin Khidasheli said.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly and Special Forces Commander Colonel Dimitri Kiknadze also addressed graduates of the training course.
The Georgian-American Joint Exercise has lasted for several weeks and included the tactical and operational levels. Military personnel mastered the first medical aid on battlefield, also went through fire exercise and learned military decision-making methods. They also improved tactical planning skills.
The course participants were awarded with certificates at the closing ceremony.  The Deputy Chief of General Staff Colonel Nikoloz Agladze and the US Military Attaché Colonel Matthew Dimmick attended the event as well.    

 

Tinatin Khidasheli: “This is the most important agreement Georgia and the U.S. have ever signed”

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 16:50

 This is the most important agreement Georgia and its strategic partner the United States of America have ever signed,” Minister of Defense of Georgia evaluated the Memorandum on Deepening the Defense and Security Partnership between the United States of America and Georgia signed today within the frames of the visit of the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
As Tinatin Khidasheli stated, during 25 years of U.S-Georgia cooperation, the Memorandum considering the U.S. assistance in strengthening defense capabilities of Georgia has been signed for the first time.
“The focus of the assistance of the Georgian Armed Forces has always been associated with international missions and tied to Georgia’s plans to NATO membership. Today we’ve received an additional agreement, which envisages the fundamental and important assistance in fulfilling Georgia’s territorial defense goals. This is the main message of this Memorandum,” Minister of Defense of Georgia declared at the news conference in the State Chancellery and added that according to the Memorandum on Deepening the Defense and Security Partnership between the United States of America and Georgia includes three main areas of cooperation. The specific action plan will be elaborated during the meeting scheduled in mid-July.
“After August War in 2008, some kind of embargo was imposed on Georgia on acquisition of arms. The Secretary of State underlined that support in this area will be the first and foremost aim of the agreement. The second one is preparation for technical procedures related to military sphere. The third one considers special programs that will be planned together with the American side. The next meeting is scheduled for mid-July. The Defense and Security meeting under the Strategic Charter is planned on July 20 but prior to this meeting that we have bilateral dialogue to develop a specific plan. By the end of 2016 the Memorandum will have come into force. According to this document the American side is sharing responsibility with us to assist Georgia in solving internal problems and needs; efficient management and armament", said Khidasheli and added that the US assistance also considers protecting the territorial integrity of Georgia from the land, air and sea as well.

Report of Investigative Team to Foreign Diplomats

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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:57

Ambassador of France to Georgia, the representatives of EU and UN missions to Georgia received report on the investigative activities carried out by the Georgian side in the Central African Republic. Defence Minister of Georgia hosted the foreign diplomats together with the members of the investigative team at the MoD. Deputy Defence Minister Besik Loladze and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Colonel Nikoloz Agladze attended the meeting as well.
At the meeting the sides outlined that Georgia is a reliable partner to EU and contribute in global security. As Besik Loladze stated, the Georgian government pays great attention to the worth of the Georgian Armed Forces and on the other side – protection of human rights. That’s why the Georgian side considered as principal issue to conduct investigation on high standards in order to ascertain the truth.
“We considered the investigation case on allegations of sexual abuse of minors as very important and do our best to be very transparent. Everybody should know the details concerning how inappropriate management may insult innocent people and accuse them in very heavy case. The Georgian side demands apologize from the same high tribunes as the accusations were sound. We consider as great importance our partners to have detailed information and be assured that Georgian soldiers are innocent. This case may become an example that any organization has to act more not to accuse military of any country without investigation”, stated Tinatin Khidasheli.
The investigative team delivered information to the foreign diplomats on the investigative activities in the Central African Republic and negotiations with the local law-enforcement authorities. The team members also familiarized the diplomats with the planned steps in the investigative process.   
Ambassador of France to Georgia Pascal Meunier and Head of Political, Press and Information Section of EU, Dorota Dlouchy-Suliga expressed appreciation and thanked the Georgian side for transparency of the investigative process and effort to ascertain the truth
„It is an important meeting. As for us we appreciate the way very much that the Georgian government conducted this issue because allegations of sexual abuse of the minors by soldiers is very serious problem. This kind of attitude means that truth had to be put forward. If soldiers are guilty they should be punished. If they are not guilty truth has to be known by everybody, because the reputation of the armed forces is at stake. So we are very satisfied to see that the Georgian government is taking this seriously and the transparency with which they are reporting to us“,  outlined Ambassador Pascal Meunier.      

Report of Investigative Team to Foreign Diplomats

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:35

Ambassador of France to Georgia, the representatives of EU and UN missions to Georgia received report on the investigative activities carried out by the Georgian side in the Central African Republic. Defence Minister of Georgia hosted the foreign diplomats together with the members of the investigative team at the MoD. Deputy Defence Minister Besik Loladze and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Colonel Nikoloz Agladze attended the meeting as well.
At the meeting the sides outlined that Georgia is a reliable partner to EU and contribute in global security. As Besik Loladze stated, the Georgian government pays great attention to the worth of the Georgian Armed Forces and on the other side – protection of human rights. That’s why the Georgian side considered as principal issue to conduct investigation on high standards in order to ascertain the truth.
“We considered the investigation case on allegations of sexual abuse of minors as very important and do our best to be very transparent. Everybody should know the details concerning how inappropriate management may insult innocent people and accuse them in very heavy case. The Georgian side demands apologize from the same high tribunes as the accusations were sound. We consider as great importance our partners to have detailed information and be assured that Georgian soldiers are innocent. This case may become an example that any organization has to act more not to accuse military of any country without investigation”, stated Tinatin Khidasheli.
The investigative team delivered information to the foreign diplomats on the investigative activities in the Central African Republic and negotiations with the local law-enforcement authorities. The team members also familiarized the diplomats with the planned steps in the investigative process.   
Ambassador of France to Georgia Pascal Meunier and Head of Political, Press and Information Section of EU, Dorota Dlouchy-Suliga expressed appreciation and thanked the Georgian side for transparency of the investigative process and effort to ascertain the truth.
„It is an important meeting. As for us we appreciate the way very much that the Georgian government conducted this issue because allegations of sexual abuse of the minors by soldiers is very serious problem. This kind of attitude means that truth had to be put forward. If soldiers are guilty they should be punished. If they are not guilty truth has to be known by everybody, because the reputation of the armed forces is at stake. So we are very satisfied to see that the Georgian government is taking this seriously and the transparency with which they are reporting to us“,  outlined Ambassador Pascal Meunier.     

I have not resigned yet-Tina Khidasheli

Published in Politics
Monday, 04 July 2016 15:28

If I had a choice, if not Tina Khidasheli, I would have professional, qualified candidate but he will not ever agree to be the Defence Minister – this statement was made by the Defence Minister of Georgia Tina Khidasheli. According to her, she has a candidate but she didn’t say his name.
According the unofficial information, Irakli Sesiashvili or Koba Kobaladze will change Tina Khidasheli. On the journalist’s question who would be better Minister, Khidasheli said:
“Two candidates have been discussing on my place. They are chatting. I am not died and I have not resigned yet. How can I answer on this question. The Prime Minister will decide who the next Defence Minister will be,”- Tina Khidasheli said. 

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