Defence Minister meets US Vice president Joseph Biden

Meeting held at the Atlantic Council's conference. Photo by MoD Press office, 02 May 2014 - 02:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Defence Minister Irakli Alasania met with the Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden in Washington during the Atlantic Council's Meet and Greet, according to the Defence Ministry’s press office.

At the meeting the sides discussed the Ukrainian crisis and Russia’s policy in the region.

Irakli Alasania highlighted the importance of the unity of the US and EU combined actions to stabilise the existing situation and overcome challenges in the region.

Georgia’s NATO membership was one of the main topics discussed at the meeting. The Georgian side once more emphasized the necessity of granting a Membership Action Plan to Georgia and US active support in this respect.

Alasania expressed his gratitude to the US Vice President for actively supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as its desire to join NATO. The Defence Minister also underlined the importance of the US-Georgia strategic partnership.

At the meeting the sides talked about US-Georgia bilateral cooperation issues as well. The US Vice President underlined the essential progress Georgia had achieved in terms of defence reforms.

Biden also thanked the Georgian side for contributing to the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan. The sides referred to the ongoing democratic process in Georgia as well.