Georgia, U.S. to continue cooperating on global health security

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Tbilisi, Georgia, May 5

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

Georgian Healthcare Minister David Sergeenko made a speech at the 'Global Health Security' forum held in Helsinki, Finland.

The forum is being attended by delegations from over 30 countries, and also the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense Programs, Andrew Weber.

Georgia was also represented at the conference by the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health Head Amiran Gamkrelidze and Deputy Agriculture Minister Otar Danelia.

The forum participants discussed possibilities of jointly managing such global issues as chemical, nuclear and biological security.

During his speech, Sergeenko said Georgia's role in the global health security initiative has grown substantially, and Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research (named after U.S. Senator Richard Lugar for his merits in decreasing nuclear, chemical and biological threats in the world) is one of the main factors of that.

U.S. administration officials also once again stressed their readiness to continue cooperation with Georgia in this area and noted that the next meeting will be held in September, at the White House, Washington, D.C.

Georgian Minister Sergeenko also held meetings with his foreign counterparts as part of the forum.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by S.I.

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