Georgia-US sign new defense agreement, marking ‘new phase’ in security cooperation

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze signed a memorandum of understanding on the Georgia Defense and Deterrence Enhancement (GDDE) Initiative earlier today in Tbilisi.

This initiative marks a new phase of our bilateral security cooperation, and it demonstrates the US’ commitment to supporting Georgia,” Austin said.

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Austin stated that the US values Georgia as its ‘firm, strategic partner,’ and that America’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is irreversible.

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Austin stated that the Georgian Defense Readiness Program will be used as a basis for GDDE and that the US will continue to encourage institutional reforms in Georgia’s defense field, boost the country’s defense and deterrence capabilities and its compatibility with NATO standards.

Photo: U.S. embassy in Georgia