EU and Georgia hold their third Strategic Security Dialogue

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

The third high-level EU–Georgia Strategic Security Dialogue took place on 25 October in the country’s capital, Tbilisi.

The meeting reconfirmed both sides' strong interest in closer cooperation in foreign and security policy, in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

Both sides discussed the security and humanitarian situation in Georgian regions Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia, including the recent developments on the ground in relation to Russia, and stressed the importance of implementation of the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 ceasefire 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 the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, and Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Jean-Christophe Belliard.

Once again, both sides highlighted the important role of the EU Monitoring Mission for peace and security in Georgia, and underlined the necessity of full implementation of its mandate.

Further topics discussed included hybrid threats, including the role of strategic communications in this respect, and energy security. The dialogue provided an opportunity for the EU to brief the Georgian side about its upcoming security-related assistance. Each side acknowledged Georgia's contribution to the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), 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 once a year and cover issues of common interest in the field of foreign and security policy, including the CSDP.

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