Official Reception of NATO Ships held at the Batumi port

NATO's Second Standing Mine Force (SNMCMG2) has entered Georgia's territorial waters. The Chairman of the Government of Ajara Tornike Rizvadze, the Head of the Border Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Temur Kekelidze and the Mayor of the City Lasha Komakhidze hosted the leadership of the crew of the Italian ship "VESUVIO" and the Turkish ship "AMASRA".

'An official meeting of NATO Allied ships was held at the Batumi port today. Strategic Partnership ships' visits to the Black Sea have already become regular, that is a prerequisite for a safe and secure region’ – Tornike Rijvadze said.

Captain Alessandro Falcone is in charge of NATO's second permanent mine control unit. Naval exercises scheduled for October 28-30 will be the first time that NATO Navy and Georgian Coast Guard joint exercises will last three days. The visit of the NATO Permanent Second Mine Force (SNMCMG2) is yet another clear example of successful NATO maritime cooperation in Georgia and is another confirmation of Georgia's support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps in Georgia, the Coast Guard of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the NATO Liaison Office. After the solemn meeting, a meeting was held at the Ajara government administration.