South-Eastern Europe Defense Ministerial meeting held in Georgia

Li Jiayao

TBILISI, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Defense ministers from the South-East Europe Wednesday gathered here in Batumi, Georgia's Black Sea coastal city, to discuss regional cooperation in face of modern security threats.

"The beginning of the XXI century has been marked by deep turbulences in the geopolitical volatility, manifested all around the world with the conventional and non-conventional challenges. These challenges are directly affecting us - countries of the Black Sea and South-East European Region," Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria said in the opening remarks.

"This Platform gives an unique opportunity for promoting the regional cooperation and strengthening the defence capabilities to overcome the existing security challenges," he added.

During the one-day meeting, the defense ministers will exchange views on expanding cooperation to combat security threats to the region. A series of documents in the security field is expected to be signed after the session.

South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) was established in 1996 during the meeting of regional ministers in Tirana, Albania.

The meeting aims to consolidate cooperation among regional countries including Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro to promote peace and security in the region, as well as to support Euro-Atlantic integration.

Georgia became a SEDM member country on Sept. 10, 2015.


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