On 11 October, the European Union and Georgia held their first joint high-level Strategic Security Dialogue meeting. According to the EU, the one-day event reflected the commitment of both sides to take forward cooperation in the area of foreign and security policy in line with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
The meeting also confirmed the EU's appreciation for Georgia's important role in strengthening security and stability in the region and beyond.
"The EU values the role of Georgia as an important partner in promoting security,” said Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Service Jean-Christophe Belliard. “Working together, we can make a difference not only for our citizens, but also on the wider international scene.”
Other topics discussed at the dialogue included countering radicalisation, violent extremism and hybrid threats. The two sides reviewed regional challenges and opportunities, as well as ways to reinforce cooperation on energy security and critical infrastructure protection, the EU press release said.
Meetings of this type will from now on be held on a regular basis, at least once a year, and focus on a set of topical issues of common interest in the field of foreign and security policy.
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