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Tbilisi. NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow held a meeting with Georgian Defence Minister Bacho Akhalaya and participated in the Defence and Security Conference in Batumi, on Friday, June 29, the Defence Ministry's press-service reported.
Georgia Defence and Security conference with participation of representatives of the Georgian national security sector, government officials, NGOs and international organizations, was held at Batumi-based Radisson Blue Hotel, on June 28-29. Alexander Vershbow arrived in Georgia on June 28.
"We talked about Georgian-NATO relations and prospects of cooperation between them. When Vershbow was U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defence, we started together some reforms in the country and they are being implemented at the present time. Today we have noted a progress of reformation", Akhalaya said.
During his speech at the conference NATO High Rank Official estimated positively the meeting with the head of the defence department of Georgia and noted that they had discussed relations between NATO and Georgia, Georgian militaries' participation in the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan (ISAF), issues of regional security and plans for future.
According to the Georgian MoD, during two days, participants in the Conference discussed a number of important issues, such as: security in Europe and the South Caucasus region, cyber security, ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission and future plans, NATO in the wake of the Chicago Summit, Euro-Atlantic security, future threats and challenges.
The Defence and Security Conference is held twice a year through the Defence Ministry's organizational support