Commander of the Defense Forces attended the meeting of the NATO Military Committee in the format of the NATO-Georgia Commission

The Commander of the Georgian Defense Forces, Major General Giorgi Matiashvili is paying an official visit to Brussels, Belgium together with his Deputy, Brigadier General Irakli Chichinadze.

The Commander of the Defense Forces took part in the meeting of the military commanders in the format of the NATO-Georgia Commission at the Alliance Headquarters. Prior to the meeting, Major General Giorgi Matiashvili discussed the priorities of military cooperation and ongoing defense reforms at a meeting with the Chairman of the Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer .

At the meeting of the NATO Military Committee, the Commander of the Defense Forces spoke about the security environment in the region and the process of transformation of the Georgian Defense Forces. The focus has been on [the] Russian Federation in the Black Sea and Caucasus region and the growing militarization process.

The Commander of the Georgian Defense Forces briefed the military commanders of NATO member states on the long-term planning documents of the Georgian Defense Forces and future plans for the development of combat capabilities of the Defense Forces.

The importance of conducting multinational military exercises in Georgia and the role of international support for the development of Georgia’s training capabilities were discussed at the meeting. The conversation also touched upon the process of planning the NATO-Georgia joint exercise in 2022.

NATO Heads of Defense Forces were also briefed on the progress and future objectives of the NATO-Georgia Essential Package (SNGP). The role and importance of the SNGP in establishing a more sustainable defense force compatible with NATO was noted .

Within the framework of the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting, the military commanders of the Alliance member states received information from the Georgian delegation about Georgia’s strategic partner, Georgia’s initiative to strengthen defense and deterrence, and the importance of international support for Georgia’s training capabilities.

The military commanders of the NATO member states noted the great contribution of the Georgian military to the international missions of the Alliance and thanked Georgia for its contribution to the international security. For his part, Major General Giorgi Matiashvili stressed Georgia’s readiness to continue contributing to global security.

Meetings of the NATO Military Committee will be held in Brussels, Belgium on January 12-13, where representatives of the highest military body will discuss issues of strategic importance to the Alliance.

Photograph: Georgian Ministry of Defense