NATO mulls over setting up training center in Georgia
NATO may set up training center in Georgia - Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced at the last briefing held before the Wales Summit.
Secretary General oulines the top priorities of the NATO Summit, which will be held in Wales on Setember 4-5. According to Rasmussen, Georgia will be offered a new package, which will include `a defense capacity building mission and bring Georgia closer to the Alliance`.
`We will establish what we call a defense capacity building mission in Georgia with a particular focus on the Ministry of Defense and assist Georgia in continued reforms and modernization of the defense and security sector. We will step up our efforts to improve the ability of the Georgian armed forces to work and operate together with NATO forces, including through more Georgian participation in NATO exercises. Occasionally military exercises might also be organized in Georgia in particular with the view to engaging NATO partners in such exercises. We are also considering the establishment of a military training center in Georgia again with the particular view to engaging NATO partners – that [training center] might also be of regional dimension. And finally, we are also considering an expansion of the NATO liaison office in Tbilisi,` Rasmussen said.