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Mattis, Georgia’s Defense Minister Discuss Security Issues at Pentagon
14 November, 2017
A meeting held between United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria aiming to discuss security issues and U.S.- Georgian security partnership has been spotlighted by defense.gov, the official web site for the Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online.

The sides exchanged perspectives on the regional security situation.

According to the defense.gov, during their Pentagon meeting, Mattis commended Izoria for Georgia's ongoing commitment to defense reforms and to strengthening its armed
forces capabilities through robust defense spending at 2.2 percent of its gross domestic product.
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Mattis also expressed his appreciation for Georgia's steadfast devotion and commitment to serve alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan until the mission is complete. Georgia’s armed forces serve without caveat alongside U.S. forces.

As a reminder, Georgia became the largest non-NATO and the largest per capita troop contributor to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan by late 2012.

Since the beginning of their mission, more than 11,000 Georgian soldiers have served in Afghanistan. In June 2016, Georgia still had 861 troops, the largest non-NATO contributor to the Resolute Support Mission follow-on to ISAF, second only to the United States.

In 2017, the United States and Georgia signed a General Security of Information Agreement, creating the basis for future exchanges and ushering in a new era of practical cooperation.

The leaders also reviewed ongoing U.S. security assistance to Georgia's armed forces, including ongoing partnership to enhance combat readiness and institutional capacity via the Georgia Defense Readiness Program.
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Mattis also reaffirmed the United States' commitment to continuing defense cooperation with Georgia, including through annual bilateral and multilateral exercises and training.

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