France thanks Georgia for contributing to Africa mission

Georgia’s Defence Minister and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. Photo by, 28 Oct 2014 - 12:10, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s participation in the French-led peace mission in the troubled Central African Republic was one of the key issues discussed at a meeting between Georgia’s Defence Minister Irakli Alasania and France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

At Monday’s meeting, the French official thanked Georgia for its participation in the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, which was being carried out under the auspices of the European Union, noted the press office of Georgia’s Defence Ministry.

"At the meeting with Mr. Le Drian we talked about our joint ongoing operation in the Republic of Central Africa and outlined how we are providing security with our joint efforts under the aegis of this operation,” Alasania said.

This summer Georgia sent more than 100 troops to Africa. The Batumi Separate Battalion were set to spend six months there with Georgian-produced equipment. The same Battalion also served in Afghanistan and have participated in several French military trainings.

The two officials, who met in France yesterday, also discuss issues of Georgia’s NATO membership perspectives and the significance of the outcomes of the Wales NATO Summit.

"We discussed ways how France would assist Georgia increase our defensive capabilities and how our partner country would support Georgia to enhance interoperability, which is a necessary precondition for NATO membership,” Alasania said.

Deepening bilateral cooperation in the military field was high on the meeting’s agenda. The sides also touched upon regional security issues.

Alasania confirmed the two Ministers agreed it was important to continue high-level bilateral meetings and bring French-Georgian relationships to a strategic level.

In the framework of the visit, Alasania attended the 31st International Workshop on Global Security.

Georgia’s Defence Minister will end his visit to France today and depart for an official visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.