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Vice Minister of National Defence M. Velička conducting work visit in Georgia, to attend a conference on security and defence


Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička will be conducting a visit in Georgia on June 23-28. The Vice Minister will meet with Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia Mikheil Darchiashvili, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs David Jalagania, and Head of the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia Toivo Klaar while in Tbilisi on June 23-25, and will attend annual Georgian Defence and Security Conference in Batumi.


At the work meeting organised by request of Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Defence Mikheil Darchiashvili the Ministers will address issues of regional security, the agenda of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration, and perspectives of bilateral defence cooperation. The Lithuanian Vice Minister’s visit schedule also includes trips to the Krtsanisi National Training Centre and the National Defence Academy in Gori.


On June 26-28 Vice Minister M.Velička will take part in the annual Georgian Defence and Security Conference in Batumi and will deliver an address on maintaining capabilities and interoperability after 2014 when the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operation in Afghanistan is completed.


Lithuania has been developing cooperation with Georgia in defence area since 2001. Lithuania is supporting Georgia’s aspirations of Euro-Atlantic integration both politically and practically. Practical assistance from Lithuania mainly focuses on officer training and education – Georgia’s officers study at the Military Academy of Lithuania in Vilnius, Baltic Defence College in Tartu (Estonia), attend NCO courses at the Lithuanian Armed Forces School in Kaunas, and courses for military medics at the Military Medical Service of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.


Lithuania, along with the United UK and Nordic Baltic Initiative are the co-leads of the NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme (PDP) aimed at the development of core management competencies in defence sector. Experts of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence are carrying out training in public relations.


In 2007-2013 Georgia was contributing military medics in support of the Lithuanian-run Provincial Reconstruction Team of the province of Ghor, Afghanistan.


Both, Lithuania and Georgia have commissioned military representatives to each other, Lithuania’s representative to Georgia is based in Tbilisi while Georgia’s defence representative to the Baltic States resides in Vilnius.


Photo credit: A. Pliadis

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