On November 1–2 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is taking part in the 12th Annual Georgia Security and Defence Conference in Batumi, a unique and largest event on security and defence. The event pulls together high-ranking politicians, security and defence experts, representatives of NGOs, academia and media.
The Conference will focus on the changing security situation in the Black Sea region and globally, new threats and challenges, readiness to respond to them, and Georgia’s military transformation and its readiness to become a member of NATO.
On November 1 Minister R. Karoblis will speak at the third panel “Challenges to Euro-Atlantic Community – Adapting to the Changing Security Environment”. Other speakers at the panel will representatives of the United Kingdom, Turkey, Georgia, the Royal United Services Institute.
Representatives of the Lithuanian MoD are annually invited to actively attend the Conference. The event is also attended by Lithuanian Armed Forces representatives and MPs.
While in Batumi, Minister R. Karoblis will meet with his Georgian counterpart Levan Izoria and his Deputy Lela Chikovani. The officials are expected to discuss topical aspects of bilateral defence cooperation and Lithuania’s assistance to Georgia’s defence reform, also, key initiatives of the NATO-Georgia Package.
Last time Minister R. Karoblis visited Georgia was on May 25-27 earlier this year to attend commemorative events of Georgia’s 100th Anniversary by invitation of Minister of Defence Levan Izoria.
Lithuania supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, aspirations of the country’s membership in NATO and the EU. Lithuania and Georgia have been cooperating in the field of defence since 2001, when a bilateral agreement was signed. The main areas of cooperation in the field of defence are training of soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers, participation in joint military exercises in Lithuania and in Gerogia, expert consultations and exchange of experience in cyber security and strategic communication.