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Readout of Secretary James N. Mattis’ Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili and Minister of Defense Levan Izoria

Feb. 17, 2018

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

Secretary James N. Mattis met with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili and Minister of Defense Levan Izoria today during the Munich Security Conference to discuss the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship and regional security issues.

Secretary Mattis praised Georgia's continuing service as the largest non-NATO force contributor and per-capita contributor alongside U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, recognizing that this service has come at the price of 32 Georgia service members' lives and 290 more wounded. Secretary Mattis reaffirmed the United States' support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.

Secretary Mattis discussed the significant progress in Georgia's defense reforms and U.S. security assistance to Georgia's armed forces, including the ongoing partnership to enhance combat readiness and institutional capacity via the Georgia Defense Readiness Program.