Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze and his Hungarian counterpart Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky on Monday discussed Black Sea regional security challenges and bilateral cooperation between their countries, the Georgian Defence Ministry said.
The officials reviewed the ties in defence, emphasising the contribution and joint participation of Georgian and Hungarian servicemembers in ongoing international operations under the auspices of NATO and the European Union.
Szalay-Bobrovniczky, on a visit to Georgia, said his country supported Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and voiced his support for the process in his comments to the local media.
“Georgia is a very beautiful and ancient cultural country that belongs to the European family. Its defence interest should be to become a part of the largest defence alliance of the Western world - Hungary supports this and is looking forward to it", the Minister said.
The meeting also highlighted the importance of the relations between the two states, which the sides said was based on “partnership, trust, and respect”.
Burchuladze also extended his gratitude to the Hungarian side for its “firm” support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the country’s integration into the EU and NATO.
The Hungarian Defence Minister also visited the Tbilisi memorial for servicemembers killed in conflicts for the country’s territorial integrity and decorated it in the symbolic part of his visit.