Georgia to discuss military cooperation with Sweden and Bulgaria

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Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec.13 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania discussed military cooperation with the foreign ministers of Sweden and Bulgaria, and the head of the Polish presidential administration.

The sides discussed the issues of future military relations, Alasania said after the meeting.

"First of all it is the matter of training and education. We are partners of NATO in Afghanistan. In this regard, we have discussed the future strategy for ensuring security in Afghanistan. The ongoing reforms in the Ministry of Defence were also discussed. We acquainted the guests with our basic views on what changes will be made in the doctrine of the defence," the Minister of Defence said.

He noted that the conversation also touched upon the reserve. Alasania noted that they plan to re-create a system of reserve.

"The Defence Ministry plans not to reform, but to create the reserve again," the minister said.

The minister earlier said that Georgia has decided to use the experience of Switzerland and Norway in the preparation of reserve for the regular army.

"In the next few years we want to put our army in 37,000 people completely on professional footing. In this regard the importance of the reserve is increased by ten times," he said. "We need a mobile, effective reserve."

Alasania said that the Joint Staff will present the specific plan of army reform on December 18.

Head of the Polish presidential administration Jacek Mikhailovsky, and Foreign Ministers Nikolay Mladenov of Bulgaria and Carl Bildt of Sweden is in Georgia on an official visit. They also will hold meetings with Georgian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Speaker of Parliament. The visit will end on Thursday.

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