Georgia's transit opportunity was a key talking point of the meeting at Georgian Defence Ministry today. Georgian Defence Minister Irakli Alasania and Commander U.S. Transportation Command, General William M. Fraser discussed ISAF reverse transit of NATO forces and cargos and alternative transit way through Georgia.
At the meeting with American General, Defence Minister emphasized that Georgian side is ready to provide transit route for coalition forces. Head of J4/J8 Logistics Operation Planning Division of JS, Major Giorgi Akhalmosulishvili delivered a presentation to the representatives of the USTRANSCOM on Georgia's transit opportunities. As Irakli Alasania highlighted, American partners are studying Georgia's infrastructural opportunities with great attention. "Georgia might be one of the alternative ways for unimpeded transit of forces and cargoes from Afghanistan before and post 2014.
Our country offers NATO coalition forces suitable infrastructure and good potential option for transit. Today we had a very thorough discussion and we introduced partners our vision. As General outlined our future relations is so strong that it will be one more opportunity to continue Georgian-U.S. strategic partnership" - stated Irakli Alasania.
General Fraser focused on the importance of the meeting as well: "It has been a very productive meeting. We very much have appreciated the partnership and relationship we've had for so many years. As we talked today we see opportunities and future relationship to build upon the things we have done together in transiting and supporting operations but also as we were returning equipment back to the United States that we can take it to the next level. Create opportunities from a commercial perspective will aid security and stability in the region".
At the end of the meeting American General offered condolences for the loss of soldiers as they made sacrifices and defending freedoms of others to make a difference. Despite Georgia continues to stand with the US forces contributing in the operations shoulder to shoulder in Afghanistan. Within the framework of the visit to Georgia, USTRANSCOM Commander will meet Georgian Prime-Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, as well Ministers of Regional Development and Infrastructure and Economic Development.