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Meeting with U.S. Army commandment in the Ministry of Defense of Georgia2010-04-06 20:47
Today in the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, U.S. and Georgian and military top officials discussed the cooperation issues in the security and defense spheres of the two countries. At the meeting at the sides touched upon the outcomes of the ISAF preparation program recently implemented in Georgia, and dealt with the details over the 31st Battalion's engagement in the peacemaking operation in Afghanistan.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Defense Nodar Kharshiladze; Chief of the Joint Staff Major General Devi Tchankodadze; Lieutenant General Richard F. Natonski, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and Brigadier General Paul W. Brier, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe.
Lieutenant General Richard F. Natonski expressed his appreciation to the Georgian side for its sustained contribution to the ISAF operation. "It is great honor for us to have been given the possibility to train the Georgian soldiers, as well as we appreciate the fact that Georgian and US soldiers will perform their duties shoulder by shoulder in the Province of Helmand", pointed out American Commander - Ministry of Defense of Georgia.
According to the Deputy Minister, the ISAF training program in which the 31st Battalion was engaged, proved to be successful. "Georgian military servants will be engaged in the peace keeping mission side by side with the US Marines. We are determined to increase our peace contingent in Afghanistan by additional 750 military servicemen. This one more example demonstrating that Georgia continues to provide an active contribution in the overall development of worldwide stability and security," he said.