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From 19-21 March, the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service responsible for Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and Crisis Response, Mr Pedro Serrano, visited Georgia for a three day visit. He met Prime Minister Bakhtadze, Minister of Defence Izoria, Minister of Internal Affairs Gakharia, State Minister of Reconciliation and Civic Equality Tsikhelashvili, Deputy Foreign Minister Darsalia, representatives of the Presidential Administration and of the Georgian Parliament. He delivered a speech at the Ministry of Defence Army Hall to a broad audience, including to Georgian soldiers having served in EU missions and operations. Mr Serrano also visited the EU Monitoring Mission and went on patrol to the Administrative Boundary Line.
"Security is a growing feature of EU – Georgia relations. Georgia has been a valued contributor of EU missions and operations over the last years and I would like to thank wholeheartedly every Georgian serviceman who has contributed to our joint efforts to advance European Security interests. But our cooperation is not limited to CSDP. The Informal Strategic Security Dialogue launched 1.5 years ago has added an important new format to our cooperation in the field of security. The European Union also recently launched a new assistance programme worth €27 million, further extending EU assistance on border management, the fight against corruption and organised crime and in the area of hybrid and emerging threats." Deputy Secretary General Serrano noted.
"I also had the opportunity to pay a visit to the Administrative Boundary Line. The EU Monitoring Mission plays an important role as only international observation mission on the ground, contributing to maintain regional stability and peace.
For more information, please contact: Tamriko Mikadze, Press and Information Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Tamriko.Mikadze@eeas.europa.eu.