Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

European Union and Georgia hold their second Strategic Security Dialogue

Bruxelles, 25/10/2018 - 09:30, UNIQUE ID: 181025_13
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The second high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue took place on 23 October 2018 in Brussels. The meeting reconfirmed both sides' strong interest in closer cooperation in foreign and security policy, in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. The sides discussed the situation in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, including the implementation of the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Agreement. They exchanged views on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including the state of affairs and security challenges in the region.

The second high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue took place on 23 October 2018 in Brussels. The meeting reconfirmed both sides' strong interest in closer cooperation in foreign and security policy, in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. The sides discussed the situation in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, including the implementation of the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Agreement. They exchanged views on a wide range of foreign policy issues, including the state of affairs and security challenges in the region.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Belliard and Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Vakhtang Makharoblishvili.

Deputy Secretary-General Belliard said:

"This meeting presents a timely opportunity to review the current international situation, as well as to take stock of the work undertaken since last year in the security-related dimension of EU-Georgia relations. The EU values Georgia's important role in strengthening the security and stability of the region and beyond, as demonstrated by Georgia's active support to CSDP missions and operations. The EU continues to remain committed to peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia through its valuable instruments.

Deputy Foreign Minister Makharoblishvili said:

"Security and defence policy is an increasingly important area of EU-Georgia cooperation. The aim of this cooperation is to foster political and security policy convergence in order to better tackle our common threats and challenges. The European Union is making a significant contribution to the security and stability in Georgia, notably through the EU Monitoring Mission, co-chairmanship of the Geneva International Discussions and its policy of non-recognition and engagement. From its side, Georgia remains a committed partner of the Union within the CSDP.

Further topics discussed included energy security, countering radicalisation and violent extremism as well as hybrid threats, including the role of strategic communications in this respect. The dialogue provided an opportunity for the EU to brief the Georgian side about its future security-related assistance. The sides acknowledged Georgia's contribution to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy, including through participation in EU-led crisis management operations, and explored ways to enhance cooperation in this field.

The meetings of the high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue are held at least once a year and cover issues of common interest in the field of foreign and security policy, including the CSDP.

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