CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Third Tbilisi International Forum for Regional Stability (October 4)
Q-n about the event
CDA Elizabeth Rood: The threat of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or other malicious actors is a very real one, and the Black Sea region faces particular challenges in this regard. The United States has long cooperated with Georgia and other partners in the region to reduce and mitigate these challenges, and we are very pleased that for the third time Georgia is hosting this important conference where experts in this field will discuss ways of cooperating at the regional and international level, help secure chemical, nuclear, biological, radiological materials, prevent smuggling, and to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, thereby making this region a safer place.
Q-n about the U.S. cooperation with the State Security Service of Georgia
CDA Elizabeth Rood: The United States’ government has a long history of cooperation with the State Security Services in Georgia in the field of non-proliferation, in the field of counter-terrorism, and in ways that we can make our countries and the region safer.