On Thursday, 18 November Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze visited the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (NATO MILMED COE) to sign a Letter of Intent on cooperation which had previously been signed by NATO MILMED COE Director Brigadier General Dr. Dirk-Friedrich Klagges.
The Georgian defence minister was received in the Centre by Colonel Dr. Attila Lengyel, Deputy Director of the MILMED COE. In his welcome speech, he said that today, almost a year after the first steps taken, the time has come to sign the first document of their future cooperation. “I am certain that this Letter of Intent will support the Substantial NATO–Georgia Package of initiatives and at the same time will help the Georgian medical service with laying the foundations of a new military medicine unit”, underlined the colonel.
The Letter of Intent reached between Georgia and the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine declares the intent of the two sides to cooperate in the field of military medicine and envisions Georgia’s future accession.
During the day, the Georgian minister of defence also held discussions with Hungarian Defence Minister Tibor Benkő in the interest of closer cooperation. Although Georgia is an aspirant for membership in NATO, its representatives have attended the meetings of the NATO MILMED COE Steering Committee since June 2021.