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Norway assumes the leadership of NATOs new trust fund to support capacity building in Georgia
At NATO's Summit in Warsaw, Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced Norway's increased contribution and leadership to NATO's trust fund for capacity building in Georgia’s defence sector. This new fund will provide financing until 2020 for the Joint Training and Evaluation Centre, where Norway already has personnel in place.
'Georgia is a highly valued partner for NATO. Experience shows that support for capacity building in partner countries enhances stability and makes our partners better prepared to take part in international missions with the Alliance. As lead country for the new trust fund, we look forward to continuing our cooperation with Georgia,' said Foreign Minister Brende.
The Joint Training and Evaluation Centre is helping Georgia to modernise its defence sector and increase the NATO interoperability of its forces.
'The unstable situation to the south and east represents a long-term challenge to Europe's security. It is important that this challenge is met not only by strengthening our own defence and deterrence capability; we must also enable our partners to take responsibility for their own security,' Foreign Minister Brende said.