Armenia, Georgia Sign 2016 Military Cooperation Plan
By Karen Ghazaryan and Siranush Ghazanchyan
(ArmRadio) – A Georgian delegation led by Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli arrived in Armenia for an official 3-day visit. Following a welcome ceremony on February 1, the Defense Ministers of the two countries signed the 2016 Military Cooperation Plan.
“Although Armenia and Georgia have chosen different security systems, it will not hamper the cooperation on a common bilateral agenda aimed at the reinforcement of security and stability in the region,” Armenian DM Seyran Ohanyan told reporters following the meeting.
“I think we can see the best example in Afghanistan, where Armenian and Georgian peacekeepers are serving together for the sake of common peace and stability. I’m here to speak about issues that unite us. Peace in the Caucasus is the first thing that unites us, and we cooperate in that direction,” Georgian DM Khidasheli said.
Referring to issues of Armenian-Georgian cooperation in the context of Georgian-Turkish and Georgian-Azerbaijani relations, Georgian DM Khidasheli said “the question is about strategic partnership.” “Georgia has a NATO-member neighboring country in the face of Turkey, which is of great importance to us,” she said.
The Georgian Defense Minister refrained from commenting on the vote of the Georgian delegation on the two anti-Armenian reports at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, but advised to look at the issue from the perspective of security.