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Georgian defense chief to discuss in US implementation of partnership memorandum

July 18, 2016, 9:13 UTC+3 TBILISI

The memorandum of strengthening defense and security partnership was signed on July 6

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TBILISI, July 18. /TASS/. Georgian Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli will discuss during a visit to the United States beginning on Monday issues related to the implementation of the Memorandum of strengthening defense and security partnership between the two countries, which was signed on July 6 during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Georgia, the minister told journalists on Monday before her departure from the US capital Washington.

"The purpose and objective of the visit is to launch concrete work on the implementation of the memorandum, which gives new opportunities and priorities for the deepening of partnership in the defense and security sphere between the two countries", Khidasheli said.

The Memorandum on partnership was signed in Tbilisi by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kvirikashvili said then that the document "provides new possibilities to Georgia in strengthening the country's defense capability." The Memorandum "in the process of defensive armament acquisition envisages joint exercises, which is very important for enhancing security" of Georgia, the prime minister said.

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