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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Georgia Minister of Defense Tinatin Khidasheli

Aug. 18, 2015

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:

Secretary Carter hosted Georgia Minister of Defense Tinatin Khidasheli today at the Pentagon to discuss regional security issues and the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship. This was their first meeting.

Secretary Carter commended Minister Khidasheli for Georgia's ongoing commitment to Afghanistan as the second largest overall troop contributor to the NATO Resolute Support Mission. Secretary Carter also emphasized that the United States, together with our allies, remain committed to supporting Georgia through the NATO-Georgia Commission and the Substantial NATO-Georgia package agreed at the 2014 Wales Summit.

The leaders reviewed ongoing U.S. security assistance to Georgia's armed forces, including plans for the $20 million in additional funding in 2015 through the European Reassurance Initiative.

Secretary Carter also reaffirmed the United States' commitment to continuing defense cooperation with Georgia, including through annual bilateral and multilateral exercises and training.