Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Georgia

On 7 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist concluded a two-day visit to Georgia. Mr Hultqvist met Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and his Georgian defence minister colleague Levan Izoria. During the meetings, bilateral defence cooperation between the countries was discussed.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met his Georgian defence minister colleague Levan Izoria
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met his Georgian defence minister colleague Levan Izoria. Photo: Marinette Nyh Radebo / Government Offices

During his visit to Georgia, Mr Hultqvist met Georgian Minister of Defence Levan Izoria, who visited Sweden in January 2017. Also on the agenda, alongside bilateral cooperation, was the two countries' participation in NATO's Partnership for Peace programme. Georgia and Sweden have deeper cooperation with NATO through the enhanced opportunities partnership for dialogue and cooperation (EOP). Since 2017, Sweden has contributed instructors to the Georgian Joint Training and Evaluation Centre, which is part of NATO's capacity-building efforts in the country.

Defence cooperation with Georgia

Defence cooperation between Georgia and Sweden began in 2009 and mainly concerns the exchange of expertise on mine counter measures and mine clearance. Sweden also provides support to Georgia for security sector reform on issues concerning issues of ensuring rule of law and human rights after armed conflicts.
The programme also included meetings with Georgia's President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.