CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to media at GDSC 2019 (November 6)
Q-n about the event
Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia’s Defense and Security Conference is an excellent opportunity for people in government and experts in the security and defense fields to talk about Georgia’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration. This year’s conference is going to focus especially on topics such as Georgia’s defense and security modernization, interoperability with NATO forces, and Georgia’s total defense concept. As Georgia’s strategic partner, the United States is very happy to participate in the conference here in Batumi and lend our support to the strengthening of Georgia’s defense and security institutions.
Q-n about the topic that will be discussed today
Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia has an ambitious program of modernization in the defense and security fields, the modernization of its defense forces, and the continuation of the support Georgia receives from the United States and allies through the substantial NATO-Georgia package, the United States’ cooperation in the form of Georgia Defence Readiness Program, the recurring exercises, such as Noble Partner and Agile Spirit, through which Georgia becomes an even stronger partner and contributor to the NATO Alliance. These are the kinds of things we will discuss, as well as focus on Georgia’s contributions to Black Sea security.
Q-n about the Freedom House’s most recent report on internet freedom
Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Freedom House is a private organization that makes its own independent assessments of situations in countries around the world. What I can say is, the United States very strongly supports the further strengthening of media freedom in Georgia, which is an underpinning of a democratic society.