U.S. DOD Secy. Austin signs defense agreement with Georgian counterpart

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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a welcome ceremony ahead of a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Gleb Garanich/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 6:52 AM PT – Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The U.S. signed a bilateral defense agreement with Georgia in order to provide “security cooperation” between the nations.

On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with his Georgian counterpart to sign an initiative that will continue U.S. support to Georgian defense forces over the next six years. Dubbed the Defense and Deterrence Enhancement Initiative, Austin said it represents a new phase between the two countries.

“We are going to build upon the Georgia Defense Readiness Program by continuing institutional reform in the defense sector, by strengthening the capabilities and the capacities required for effective deterrence and defense,” stated the U.S. official. “And by fostering interoperability with NATO.”

Additionally, Austin said as the initiative grows it will reportedly help both countries address “common goals” in the region.

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