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In first, defense minister visits Georgia, signs cooperation agreement

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman travels to Georgia, making him the first Israeli defense minister to do so, signing agreements with the eastern European nation on counterterrorism and cybersecurity.

“On the issue of defense cooperation, we have set out four main objectives: cybersecurity, help in establishing a military reserves system, fighting terror and defending the homeland,” Liberman says, following an honor guard in the nation’s capital.

The defense minister also praises Israeli-Georgian economic ties and the former Soviet country’s “thriving Jewish community,” his office says.

Liberman and Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria also discuss Iran and the current situation in the Middle East. The two politicians sign an official cooperation agreement between their two ministries, Liberman’s office says.

Israel has had diplomatic relations with Georgia since 1992.

— Judah Ari Gross

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