Georgian Defense Force chief visits NATO headquarters –


Georgian Defense Force Chief Major General Giorgi Matiashvili on a May 18-19 trip to Brussels today attended the NATO Military Committee meeting, bringing together 30 Allied Defense Chiefs, along with their Georgian and Ukrainian counterparts, at NATO Headquarters.

Major General Matiashvili briefed his colleagues on the security environment in the Black Sea region and underlined the need for increased NATO involvement in the face of existing challenges, the Georgian Defense Ministry reported. He also stressed the importance of conducting multinational military exercises in the country.

Speaking about Georgia’s contributions to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, Major General Matiashvili underlined the “professionalism of the Georgian army and its commitment to common security objectives”.

Prior to the session, Major General Matiashvili held separate meetings with his Turkish, Polish and Romanian counterparts, discussing, among other things, bilateral military cooperation and joint participation in international military exercises.

During the visit to, the Georgian Defense Force Chief also met with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and the Commander of the US European Command (EUCOM), General Tod Wolters, on May 18.

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