The Department of Defense and the Georgian Ministry of Defense conducted Bilateral Defense Consultations by video teleconference today. The consultations were chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper and the Georgian First Deputy Minister of Defense Lela Chikovani.   

The purpose of the consultations was to discuss bilateral security cooperation priorities, share information on progress toward realizing shared security goals, and strengthen the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership.

The U.S. and Georgian delegations discussed building on the strong foundation of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program in establishing new security cooperation goals for the future. Other topics of conversation included Afghanistan and the Resolute Support Mission, as well as Georgian Ministry of Defense reform and modernization efforts. 

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the strategic partnership and Georgia and acknowledged the importance of building upon the success of this partnership as it continues to evolve. 

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