US, Georgia sign defence cooperation memorandum

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Tbilisi, Oct 19 | The US and Georgia signed a memorandum of understanding on enhancing Georgia’s defence and containment capabilities during US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin’s visit here on Monday.

“The US values Georgia as a strategic partner, and our support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering,” said Austin at a joint press conference with Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze after their meeting in Tbilisi.

Austin highlighted the significance of the memorandum of understanding on the Georgia Defence and Deterrence Enhancement (GDDE) Initiative, which was signed by the two ministers after the meeting, saying it underscored US enduring policy of helping Georgia to defend itself, to deter aggression and further its Euro-Atlantic integration, Xinhua news agency reported.

“This marks a new phase of our bilateral security cooperation, and it demonstrates the U.S. commitment to supporting Georgia,” said the US defence secretary.

For his part, Burchuladze said that Austin’s first official visit to Georgia reaffirms a strong strategic partnership between the US and Georgia, and serves the goal of further strengthening bilateral cooperation.

“The GDDE is a critically important agreement, further upgrading the US-Georgia defence cooperation,” Burchuladze said.

During his visit, Austin will also meet with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and attend U.S.-Georgia joint military exercises.

After his Georgia trip, Austin is set to visit Romania and Ukraine before taking part in the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting in Brussels.

Source: IANS

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Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

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The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police have ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Emergency rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

 Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force said, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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