Georgian, US defence ministers review strategic cooperation in Washington

The meeting highlighted Georgia's “important role” in the security architecture of the Black Sea region and in the “promotion of peace and stability” in the South Caucasus region. Photo: US DOD, 10 Feb 2023 - 11:33, Tbilisi,Georgia

Strategic cooperation between Georgia and the United States in defence and security was discussed on Thursday in a meeting between the Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze and his American counterpart Lloyd Austin.

Meeting Austin as part of his visit to Washington, Burchuladze noted the Georgian Government and citizens attached “great importance” to the partnership, which he said was “of the utmost importance” for strengthening the country’s “defence and deterrence capabilities, and peaceful and stable development”, the Georgian Defence Ministry said.

The Georgian Minister added the ties were based on “common values and interests”, and thanked the US Government for the “most important strategic, successful and growing cooperation”, which he said served to “increase Georgia's defence capability and strengthen the country's stability”.


In their discussion, the officials also reviewed global and regional security challenges, focusing on the illegal occupation of the territories of Georgia and Ukraine by Russia, as well as the latter’s actions undermining the rules-based international order.