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United Kingdom will support Georgia to create and refine reserve military system

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Thursday, September 17
Georgia’s Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli is at the final stage of her ten-day European tour launched on September 9 to attract the foreign countries’ support for Georgia’s gaining the Membership Action Plan (MAP) of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) next year Warsaw Summit.

After Poland and Baltic States the Georgian official held meetings in the United Kingdom (U.K).

She has already met with the Deputy Head of U.K. State Secretary for Reserves Julian Brazier.

The body is responsible for armed forces recruitment, reserves, international defence engagement, and supporting European Union (EU) and NATO policy.

The meeting has resulted in positive consequences; the United Kingdom was ready to support Georgia in the process of creating and refining a state military reserve system.

The Defence Ministry of Britain was also ready to discuss British soldiers involvement in the Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) in Georgia, opened on August 26, in the frame of the NATO-Georgia Substantial Package, Georgia’s Defence Ministry informed.

The facility located in Krtsanisi military base in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, is thought to be a place where Georgian and NATO militaries will undergo training and will have the capability to host multinational, joint and combined exercises and training. It will also serve as a place where servicemen can be evaluated and gain certification.

“The United Kingdom supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and encourages Georgia’s striving to NATO and EU,” the Ministry said.

The Defence Minister also met with General-Secretary of Liberal International (LI) Emil Kirjas .

LI is a political international federation for liberal political parties that aims to win the general acceptance of liberal principles which are international in their nature throughout the world, and to foster the growth of a free society based on personal liberty, personal responsibility and social justice, the LI webpage reads.

“Liberal International can be an effective mediator role among Georgia and those international organisations that influence decision-making process on the international arena,” Khidasheli said.