Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec.08 / Trend , N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgia is one of the most constant U.S. allies, top U.S. Air Forces Commander in Europe Roger Brady said at a joint press conference with Georgian Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia. Brady is on a working visit to Tbilisi.
The general said the Georgian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan testify to this fact.
"Today we discussed the our cooperation in 2010, and also identified priorities, including assistance to the Georgian Air Force," Brady said.
Akhalaia confirmed that the U.S. will provide assistance to Georgia in the development of the Air Force.
"A system of air defense weapons has particular importance for defending the security of Georgia, and we are particularly in need of technical assistance," he said.
"We welcome those directions of cooperation identified during the consultations, which include issues of professional training our military men and military exercises," the minister said.
Akhalaia also noted that sending Georgian soldiers to Afghanistan was also discussed.
Next February 700 soldiers will head to the U.S. zone.
The minister said reforming the Defense Ministry's Military Academy is a major plan of military cooperation between Georgia and the U.S. in 2010.
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