U.S. and Georgian officials met in Tbilisi, Georgia on June 9-10 to review ongoing efforts to further enhance Georgia’s capacity to counter nuclear and radiological material smuggling.
Incidents of nuclear and radiological material smuggling around the world – including several seizures of material in Georgia over the years – highlight the need for comprehensive, coordinated efforts to secure these materials and keep them from falling into the hands of terrorists or other criminals who might use them to cause harm. The United States and Georgia have been partners in this effort for a number of years and signed a Joint Document of Priority Needs in 2007 that provides a framework for this collaboration.
At the meeting on June 9-10, officials highlighted several key achievements made within the Joint Document framework, including in efforts to strengthen Georgia’s capacity to detect, interdict, respond to and investigate nuclear smuggling incidents. The officials, who represented a number of relevant agencies from both governments, also discussed opportunities for additional collaboration, pledging their ongoing commitment to these efforts.
In addition to collaborating closely with the United States to counter nuclear smuggling, Georgia is an active participant in the international community’s broader efforts to enhance nuclear security and combat nuclear proliferation, including through the Nuclear Security Summit process, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the European Commission, and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT).