Georgian Armed Forces joint staff new head to participate in NATO Military Council meeting
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 15 / Trend N. Kirtzkhalia /
The heads of the united staffs of NATO member states and partners will gather in Brussels.
Head of the Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Colonel Irakli Dzneladze will participate at the first meeting of the NATO Military Committee, held in the format of staff heads, the Georgian Defence Ministry told Trend on Tuesday.
The 168th meeting of the heads of staffs will be opened by committee chairman General Knud Bartels. The situation in Afghanistan and the issue of transferring responsibility for ensuring stability in Afghanistan to local forces will be considered. The parties will also speak about the training mission and help the Afghan security forces after the ISAF operation is over.
Colonel Irakli Dzneladze will meet with Major General Carlos Branco at the NATO headquarters during the official visit. The meetings are planned to be held with commander of the NATO joint forces in Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, head of the U.S. Armed Forces Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of the ISAF mission, General John Allen and chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Knud Bartels.
A Georgian delegation will visit the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany and visit wounded Georgian servicemen who were performing duties under the ISAF mission.
The number of troops in the Georgian military contingent in Afghanistan in October 2012 exceeded 1600 which puts Georgia as a non-NATO member with the largest contingent of servicemen in Afghanistan.