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NATO deputy chief visits Georgia

Visiting NATO deputy secretary- general Alexander Vershbow on Thursday assured Georgia that the military alliance will help the South Caucasus country to reform, modernize and strengthen its security and defense sector via a joint training center.

Vershbow's two-day visit includes a tour of a possible location for a joint Georgia-NATO training center which will be opened later this year in Georgia.

"It will help Georgia to reform, modernize and strengthen security and defense sector and it will also be open to other NATO allies and to some other NATO partners as well since Georgia's geography and the high quality of its own armed forces together create unique possibilities to train together broad group of partners and allies and to foster cooperation and interoperability, " the deputy NATO chief said after meetings with senior Georgian government officials including Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili.

"It (the joint training center) will also be a visible demonstration of NATO's commitment to Georgia," he added. The NATO official described Georgia as being an exporter of security thanks to its remarkable democratic and defense reforms.

"NATO very strongly supports Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations," Alexander Vershbow said, "Georgia is a great partner to NATO and a great contributor to our operations which makes Georgia an exporter of security."

[Source: Xinhua, Tbilisi, 29Jan15]

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