Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis will be on a working visit to Georgia on 11-13 October to take part in Georgian Defence and Security Conference as one of the panelists discussing the concept and key elements of total defence.
This year the 11th annual Georgian Defence and Security Conference will take place in Batumi. Delegates attending the conference will exchange views on the current Black Sea region security and defence challenges, future of the transatlantic relations, implementation of Warsaw Summit decisions, security situation in Southern Caucasus and hybrid threats.
Defence Minister Bergmanis will also have bilateral meeting with his Georgia counterpart, Defence Minister Levan Izoria, as well as Georgian Foreign Affairs Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Victor Dolidze, the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
It is planned that Georgian officials and Latvian Defence Minister will discuss current global security challenges, Latvia’s input in NATO-Georgia Military Reform Programme, role of Latvia and Georgia in strengthening security of respective regions, bilateral defence and security cooperation, including joint military training and collaboration in military education.
While in Georgia, Minister Bergmanis will visit Batumi State Maritime Academy and Special Operations Force base.
Georgia is one of the key Eastern Partnership countries. Latvian-Georgian cooperation is largely based on Defence Cooperation Agreement signed in 2002. After Russian aggression in Georgia in 2008, cooperation between the two countries grew even closer.
2017 Bilateral Defence Cooperation Agenda identifies 18 major activities, which are being successfully implemented.
In April-May this year four Georgian troops attended diving courses at Liepāja Naval Force Training Centre and in August one of Georgian Armed Force officials enrolled in English course taught in Riga. Two Latvian navy divers visited Georgia on 27-30 September to share their trainer/course-organising experiences and maritime safety expertise.
Latvian troops were also involved in Agile Spirit 2017 international military training, which was hosted by Georgia in September this year. The aim of Agile Spirit was to strengthen the command staff planning and operational command skills for fire support in scope of various operations. Training was also designed to enhance the interoperability of multinational force through series of communication/information exchange and joint fire support, battle group transport and operational exercise.
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