Giorgi Gakharia on Noble Partner 2020: Georgia's Role in Global Peace Must Be Strengthened More and More and, Ultimately, We Must Achieve the Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Country Print Version

2020-09-07

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Greetings, Mr. Defense Minister, greetings, Mr. Commander of the Defense Forces, greetings, honored generals, officers, sergeants, corporals, and privates. I greet our guests! I am happy to be here today, for the grand opening of these training exercises, as Noble Partner 2020 is an important continuation of this cycle of training exercises and, of course, it is one of the most important instruments for the readiness of our country's Defense Forces and for their compatibility with our partners. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia made this statement during his speech at the opening ceremony of Noble Partner 2020.

The head of the government thanked the partners - the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and Poland - and noted that the knowledge that the soldiers will receive should be used in unison to establish global peace.
"We must all understand that this is yet another clear example of our strategic partner's support and our common aspirations. When I see up to 2,800 soldiers, military servicemen here and imagine how effective and dignified their joint training exercises will be, of course, we have to express our thanks to our partners, first of all the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and Poland, as we all understand that the knowledge that our soldiers will receive here today must be used in unison, to establish global peace," Giorgi Gakharia stated.

According to him, such training exercises provide Georgian soldiers with the opportunity to defend their uniform with dignity, as Georgia's role in global peace must be strengthened more and more and ultimately, with the help of such training exercises and by increasing our compatibility we, together with our partners, must achieve the final Euro-Atlantic integration of the country.

"Gentlemen, as you know, training is the most important component of our army in order to render the Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia, this country, ultimately achievable. We must improve the condition, the equipment, and the well-being of our troops on a daily basis and such training exercises are the guarantee of peace for each and every citizen of Georgia and for our country, our state. In addition, as you know, Georgian military forces are actively participating in various peacekeeping missions under the aegis of both the European Union and the United States - under the aegis of our international partners - and we all understand that such training exercises provide our soldiers with the opportunity to defend their uniform with dignity, as Georgia's role in global peace must be strengthened more and more and ultimately, with the help of such training exercises and by increasing our compatibility we, together with our partners, must achieve the final Euro-Atlantic integration of the country. Thank you very much and, of course, thank you for your dignified service. I thank our guests, our partners, because we must all understand that this is extremely important for Georgia - this is our future and our Euro-Atlantic integration. Finally, I would like to say that these training exercises are not aimed against anyone - these training exercises are aimed at increasing Georgia's defensive capabilities and they are the duty of every Georgian citizen and every soldier. Once again, thank you for your dignified service," the Prime Minister noted.

Noble Partner 2020 was officially launched in Vaziani, on the training ground of the IV Mechanized Brigade. Georgia is hosting the Noble Partner training exercises for the 5th time, with the participation of more than 2,700 military servicemen from Georgia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, and France.

The event was attended by Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, members of the Cabinet of Ministers, the head of the State Security Service, and the commander of the Georgian Defense Forces.

Press Service of the Government Administration