Georgia, Tbilisi, July 28 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgia considers the possibility of more active participation in the NATO operation but not to reduce its military contingent in Afghanistan, Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili said today at a meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Defence.
He said that negotiations are held with partners in Georgia in this direction.
"Georgia has a direct interest in participating in the Afghan operation proceeding from its geopolitical situation. It is interested in sustainable peace and liquidation of terrorism," he said.
Saakashvili said that Georgian soldiers have military experience in Iraq, where Georgia was represented quite widely. "But it was one-sided experience, since we have been trained for peacekeeping operations. But Afghanistan teaches us to defend our country and our military get there unique experience," he said.
"We need total protection. Our military in Afghanistan will get unique experience to defend their homeland. We have a large contingent there. U.S generals are satisfied with the preparation of our soldiers, " the Georgian president said.
Saakashvili said that Georgia must be able to defend itself, because Russia has not left attempt a regime change in Georgia. The protection of our homeland is a challenge not only of our armed forces but every citizen," he said.