Turkish defense chief marks Independence Day in Georgia

Turkish defense chief marks Independence Day in Georgia

TBILISI-Anadolu Agency
Turkish defense chief marks Independence Day in Georgia

Turkey's national defense minister arrived in Georgia on May 26 for ceremonies marking its Independence Day, the 101st anniversary of the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

Hulusi Akar was welcomed by Deputy Defense Minister Giorgi Butkhuzi, Deputy Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Shalva Jabakhidze, and Turkish Ambassador to Georgia Fatma Ceren Yazgan.

Akar later attended a ceremony in Freedom Square in the capital Tbilisi, where Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili and Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze both delivered speeches about the country's independence.

Akar and Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria also had a chance to speak.

On Twitter, Bakhtadze wrote: "We are celebrating Independence Day in Georgia! In the face of many challenges, we continue to work hard to strengthen our statehood and we stand together in defense of the ideals and values we fought for throughout the history."

"26 May marks the Independence Day of Georgia. The Motto for 2019 national day celebrations is share knowledge," Georgia's Foreign Ministry also wrote on Twitter.

Following the ceremony, Akar met with Bakhtadze at the prime ministry, and later co-chaired an inter-delegation meeting with lzoria .

Military and defense cooperation between the two countries and regional security were discussed during the gathering, according to defense sources.