GEN Sir Adrian Bradshaw: “We’ll continue to work with Georgia over the future year to improve the capabilities” On the sidelines of Georgia Defence and Security Conference (GDSC) Minister of Defence of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli and Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze held a meeting with the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Sir Adrian Bradshaw. At the meeting the sides discussed Georgia’s NATO integration prospects, upcoming NATO Summit and implementation of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) that is one of the main tools of cooperation with the Alliance. Georgia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan was also discussed at the meeting and the special emphasis was made on the role of the Georgian contingent in providing global security. Tinatin Khidasheli and Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze thanked the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe for visiting Georgia and supporting Georgia. “We think that the Georgian Armed Forces are fully ready and interoperable with NATO forces. These are no longer just words and this was officially approved yesterday. We are ready for more training and various activities aimed at improving the defence capabilities of the Georgian Armed Forces. But before we move to the next year, in 2016 we have scheduled many exercises in bilateral and trilateral formats,” – Tinatin Khidasheli said. According to Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze declared that NATO and Georgia has common goals. “Such meetings are very important as they stress the plans, future visions that are interesting for both sides – NATO and Georgia. Regional security issues and existing challenges were also discussed at the meeting. We all understand that we are one team notwithstanding the fact that we are not the member of NATO. We are considered as closest allies and we have joint goals and objectives,” – Major-General said. Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe gave positive evaluation to the joint US-Georgian military exercise Noble Partner and underscored the importance of Georgia’s participation in NATO Response Force. “It is a great pleasure to be here. It is a great honor to represent the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Georgia. I’d like to thank the hosts - the Defence Minister and General Kapanadze not just for the hospitality but in particular for arranging the forces of two NATO nations to exercise with Georgian Forces as we saw today. It was a convincing display of joined up all armed maneuver with aircraft involved with land forces. It is an example of what has been achieved with the sort of cooperation we’ve enjoyed over the duration of this exercise. We send a clear message of solidarity to Georgia of support for the national sovereignty and integrity. We’ll continue to work with Georgia over the future year to improve the capability and to coordinate all our activities together in strategic field. Thank you very much for the opportunity,” General Sir Adrian Bradshaw said.