US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has arrived in Georgia. The Ministry of Defense reports that the head of the Pentagon was met by the Minister of Defense Juansher Burchuladze at the Tbilisi International Airport. Burchuladze thanked his American counterpart for coming to Georgia and wished him a successful visit.
Today, Juansher Burchuladze will host Lloyd Austin at the Ministry of Defense. After the official welcoming ceremony, the Georgian and American counterparts will hold a bilateral meeting to discuss defense cooperation between the United States and Georgia.
Later, at a joint press conference, Georgian and US defense officials will make statements for the media. It is planned to sign an agreement between the Ministry of Defense of Georgia and the US Department of Defense, which aims to strengthen Georgia’s defense capabilities.
During the visit, Lloyd Austin will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. The US Secretary of Defense will visit one of the military bases of the Georgian Defense Forces and will attend a joint exercise with the participation of American and Georgian servicemen.
According to the Secretary of Defense, the United States is committed to helping Georgia build its defense capacity and advance its Euro-Atlantic integration.
The visit to Georgia is part of the European tour. In addition to Georgia, he will visit two other Black Sea countries, Ukraine and Romania.
Wheels down in Georgia. The United States is committed to helping Georgia build its defense capacity and advance its Euro-Atlantic integration, and I’m looking forward to my meetings here. pic.twitter.com/TJy25tfn90
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) October 18, 2021