Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), General Mieczyslaw Bieniek held a series of meetings with Georgian officials to discuss further developments in the relationship between Georgia and ACT as well as the transformation of Georgian Armed Forces. The meetings were held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 22 June 2012.
General Bieniek met with, among others, Georgian Deputy Secretary of National Security Council, Mr. Batu Kutelia; Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, LtGen Devi Tchankotadze and his deputy Colonel Lasha Beridze and the Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr. Nodar Kharshiladze.
Bieniek acknowledged the role Georgia played in ISAF operations, stating, "We are grateful for Georgia's involvement in Afghanistan".
During the visit to the National Security Council, Deputy Secretary Kutelia, stated that "NATO is a priority of foreign policy of the country and Georgia is fully committed to meet NATO requirements and standards set for Armed Forces as necessary to join the Alliance".
Deputy Secretary Kutelia, Declared,"Georgia is ready to take all actions necessary to assure her membership of the Alliance", Kutelia then discussed Georgian satisfaction with solid reaffirmation of "open door" policy and statement of US Secretary of State that this should be the last "non-enlargement" summit.
"Georgia is happy to accept Chicago Summit's +4 format to continue" said Deputy Secretary Kutelia." Kutelia inquired as to how Georgia "can better reach out to other aspirant countries and enhance their cooperation".
Discussions focused on, among other things, outcomes from the Chicago Summit, Smart Defense, Alliance Cooperation, and education and training opportunities offered by Allied Command Transformation (ACT).
Seeking to create a closer and deeper cooperation among Partners and Allies General Bieniek iterated that "National Liaison Officer's should be utilised extensively with regards to the Implementation Plan in order to assure proper coordination of efforts".
Discussions often focused on ACT's concentration on military-to-military cooperation and over 67 Georgia-NATO initiatives that are currently ongoing. "This is indicative of efficient cooperation" said General Bieniek, going on to say, "ACT is dedicated and supportive to the Georgian efforts in the field of education and training".
During his meeting with Chief of Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, DSACT extended an invitation to Georgia to participate in Comprehensive Operational Planning courses in Estonia, as well as in other ACT events, such as the Chiefs of Transformation Conference (CoTC) which according to General Bieniek, "will greatly enhance the level of NATO-related expertise in the Georgian Armed Forces". The invitation was well received and LTGEN Tchankotadze, the "country wants to make maximum use of NATO education and training opportunities".
To conclude his visit to Georgia, Bieniek proceeded to the newly rebuilt National Defence Academy (NDA) and spoke to an audience about the role of ACT and answered questions regarding procedural aspects of membership in the Alliance.
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