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Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan’s Meeting With Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Defense Minister Levan Izoria

Feb. 15, 2019

Pentagon Spokesperson Eric Pahon provided the following readout:

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Defense Minister Levan Izoria today at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and our strong defense relationship.

The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including the Russian occupation of Georgian territory, support for Black Sea security and progress toward defense reform. They agreed to continued security cooperation to heighten the combat readiness and NATO interoperability of Georgian defense forces.

Secretary Shanahan thanked both Ministers for Georgia’s overwhelming commitment to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, citing the country as the top per-capita, and fourth overall troop contributor in Afghanistan.