The current situation in Georgia’s Russian-occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia), regional security environment and the process of the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration were discussed on Tuesday in a meeting between a delegation of the Georgian Parliament's Defence and Security Committee and officials of the United Kingdom Government in London.
The legislative body said the delegation held meetings with the UK’s Home Office and Cabinet Office as well as “high-ranking” representatives of the National Security Council and David Lidington, the Chair of the Royal United Services Institute - a defence and security think tank - during the visit.
Honored 2 meet & enjoyed conversation w/ @DLidington, Chair of @RUSI_org. Discussed many issues incl challenges the wider region faces, supporting ????????, strengthening regional security, cooperation between RUSI & our Committee. Thank U Sir David 4 warm welcome & interesting talk. pic.twitter.com/UxlhRJJEbG— Irakli Beraia (@IrakliBeraiaMP) November 20, 2023
The sides also discussed the security and defence partnership between the two countries and “main directions” of cooperation between relevant agencies, with the officials highlighting the importance of the UK’s support in strengthening Georgia's defence capabilities and national resilience in response to a “full range” of hybrid threats.
The Georgian side pointed out the “necessity and urgent need” of the country's integration into NATO to ensure “full-fledged” security of both Georgia and the “Euro-Atlantic space”.
The meeting featured Sophie Katsarava, Georgia’s Ambassador to the UK, Irakli Beraia, the Chair of the Defence and Security Committee of the lawmaking body as well as MPs Irakli Chikovani, Aleksandre Tabatadze and Khatia Tsilosani.