U.S. and NATO exercises start in Georgia

U.S. and NATO exercises start in Georgia

Around 350 personnel from 24 NATO member states and partner countries are set to kick off 11 days of joint military exercises in Georgia today.

The drills, dubbed NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019, are to run until March 29 at the Krtsanisi National Training Center near Tbilisi.

The exercise is "an important exercise for Georgia and a significant milestone in strengthening NATO-Georgia military-political cooperation," the NATO statement reads.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is set to visit Georgia during the exercise to meet with the republic's leadership and attend the drills.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO, observer) will also be present during the exercise, Agenda.ge reported.

It is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to take place within the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP). The first NATO-Georgia exercise was conducted in 2016 involving NATO allied and partner nations, with 14 nations in total.

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