(Prime-News) вЂ" Consultations on defense policy and military issues between the NATO International Staff and Georgian officials within the frameworks of Intensified Dialogue on Membership Aspirations took place in NATO Headquarters.
Prime-News was told at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia that the Alliance represented at the level of NATO International Staff experts was headed by John Colston, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defense Policy and Planning, reports Trend.
The meeting was also attended by Robert Simmons, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Bruce Bach representative of NATO Defence Policy and Planning Division, and James Mack, representative of Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, coordinator of Georgia.
The Georgian delegation was represented by Levan Nikoleishvili, Deputy Defense Minister, Batu Kutelia, Deputy Defense Minister, thematic experts from the Defense Ministry and General Staff, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Minister's office on European and Euro Atlantic Integration and Georgian mission in NATO.
The sides discussed the obligatory requirements for Georgia's accession to the NATO, priorities in the defense sphere and future plans. Particular attention was focused on Strategic Defense Review (SDR), resource management, defense planning, procurements, budget and participation of Georgia in peacekeeping operations.
Assistant Secretary General underscored the progress Georgia achieved in defense field for the last period.
The second thematic round of consultation between NATO and Georgia in the ID format on political and economic issues will be held on March 22, 2007.