U.S. views possibility of allocating additional funds to Georgia to improve security
Tbilisi, Georgia, July 19
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Heather Higginbottom delivered a report at the U.S. House Committee on the Budget on July 17, Georgian Foreign Ministry told Trend.
She appealed to the Congress for funding the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for 2015 fiscal year.
U.S. President Barack Obama requested to allocate some $47.6 billion to finance the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, including $7.3 billion for overseas contingency operations.
The U.S. president made amendments to the draft budget, which included the request to allocate around $75 million for the European Reassurance Initiative on June 26, 2014.
These funds will be allocated for Georgia, Ukraine and Moldavia to strengthen these countries' security, to improve the interoperability of the armed forces of these countries and overcome the challenges.
Around $20 million of these funds is planned to allocate to Georgia.