Georgia in the National Defense Authorization Act 2020
Georgia in the National Defense Authorization Act 2020

The Senate on December 17 passed a $738 billion defense spending bill for the fiscal year 2020. The vote in the Senate was 86-8 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Georgia is hugely supported in the National Defense Authorization Act. The document stated that Georgia is a valued friend of the United States and has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to advancing the mutual interests of both countries’.

The document also noted that Georgia’s involvement in the Partnership for Peace (PfP) which a programme of practical bilateral cooperation between individual Euro-Atlantic partner countries and NATO has huge importance to relations with the US and NATO, as well as to create a more peaceful environment in the region.

‘Georgia is a valued friend of the United States and has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to advancing the mutual interests of both countries, including the deployment of Georgian forces as part of the former International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the current Resolute Support Mission led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan and the Multi-National Force in Iraq.

The European Deterrence Initiative builds the partnership capacity of Georgia so it can work more closely with the United States and NATO, as well as provide for its own defense.

In addition to the European Deterrence Initiative, Georgia’s participation in the NATO initiative Partnership for Peace is paramount to interoperability with the United States and NATO, and establishing a more peaceful environment in the region.

Despite the losses suffered, as a NATO partner, Georgia is committed to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan with the fourth-largest contingent on the ground.

Congress reaffirms United States support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders, and does not recognize the independence of the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions currently occupied by the Russian Federation; and supports continued cooperation between the United States and Georgia and the efforts of the Government of Georgia to provide for the defense of its people and sovereign territory,’ the document reads..

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