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NATO Scouts Out Sites For Training Center In Georgia

A senior NATO official is scouting out prospective sites for a joint training center the alliance plans to establish in Georgia.

January 30 is the final day of NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow's visit to the South Caucasus nation whose NATO aspirations were a chief cause of its five-day war with Russia in 2008.

Vershbow's meetings with Georgian leaders on January 29 focused on the implementation of a package integration mechanisms that was expanded at a NATO summit in Wales in September.

Afer meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Vershbow said Georgia and NATO "are committed to have the training center up and running later this year."

He said it would "help Georgia to reform, modernize, and strengthen security and defense sector, and it will also be open to other NATO allies."

Vershbow said on Twitter that "all 28 NATO Allies are committed to Georgia’s future membership in the Alliance, provided it meets all necessary requirements."