Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to the media on the sidelines of the 2nd Anniversary of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC)

Q-n about the delivery of new weapons to Georgia and the level of U.S. – Georgia cooperation over the last two years

Ambassador Kelly: I arrived here, I think as you know, almost two years ago and I have seen the Center grow from just an idea to an actual functioning training center; and it has been very gratifying to see.  I am very pleased that we are able to deliver M 240 machine guns to Georgia.  This is the standard light machine gun used by NATO forces.  So, it is an important part of Georgia’s integration process.  It is also, I think, a real tangible symbol of our commitment to helping Georgia deter aggression against those who would deny Georgia its sovereign choice to join NATO.