Hagel, Georgian Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon yesterday with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
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In a statement summarizing the meeting, Little said Hagel acknowledged Georgia's continuing contribution to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and that he thanked Alasania for the sacrifices Georgia's soldiers and their families are making.
“Secretary Hagel praised Georgia's efforts to enhance civilian oversight of the armed forces, as these actions are a strong example of democratic progress through defense reform,” he said.
Hagel expressed U.S. support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration efforts, Little said, and highlighted its holding fair elections and continuing to consolidate democratic gains as effective measures to advance those efforts.
The two leaders agreed to continue to broaden U.S.-Georgian defense cooperation, he added.