Within the framework of the working visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Major General Koba Kobaladze, Director of the State Service of Veterans Affairs, together with the representatives of the Service, members of Georgian delegation and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Davit Solomonia, attended the conclusive symposium of the visit at the Veterans Institute of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: ‘”Concepts to Care for Veterans and ways of their implementation”.
The Dutch hosts – Director of the Netherlands Veterans Institute, Brigadier General Paul Hofslot, Commander of the Netherlands Navy Reserve, military veteran Cecilia Joanna van Peske, institute researcher Hjelt Alhra and Psychiatrist, Military Mental Health Strategic Advisor, Reserve Colonel prof. Eric Vermeten showed their respect towards Koba Kobaladze, Georgian veterans and Georgian delegation and emphasized the special merits of Georgian veterans in the fight for the country’s freedom and territorial integrity.
Cecilia Joanna Van Pesky, in her report, recalled previous year’s visit of the director of the Netherlands Veterans Institute and the management of the State Service of Veterans Affairs in Georgia. He noted that the friendly and partnership relationship established between Georgian and Dutch agencies is an important step in overcoming the challenges faced by Georgian veterans. Shorena Lortkipanidze, co-founder and board member of the Civil Defense and Security Council, spoke about the plans and tasks of the organization, the geopolitical challenges facing Georgia in terms of defense and security and the importance of community consolidation and the use of veterans’ potential in overcoming these challenges.
General Paul Hofslot expressed his willingness to deepen the cooperation between the State Service of Veterans Affairs and the Netherlands Veterans Institute: “The door of the Netherlands Veterans Institute is always open to the State Service of Veterans Affairs and the veterans of Georgia. We reiterate our support to overcome the social and healthcare challenges facing the veterans of Georgia once again. To this end, our partnership and friendly relations will surely deepen. Reciprocal, bilateral visits with the participation of thematic groups will continue in order to make work on specific issues more productive”, Paul Hofslot noted in his speech.
Koba Kobaladze thanked the Dutch hosts for the warm reception and interesting meetings; noted that the visit of the Georgian delegation is important in terms of sharing experience and strengthening international partnership. He once again emphasized the importance of cooperation of Western friends in overcoming the challenges faced by veterans of Georgia. At the end of the symposium, a memorandum of mutual cooperation was signed between the Georgian and Dutch parties, which was signed by Paul Hofslot and Koba Kobaladze.
As a reminder, General Major Koba Kobaladze, Director of the State Service of Veterans Affairs, and the representatives of the Service are paying their working visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the official invitation of the Netherlands Veterans Institute. The delegation also includes members of the Defense and Security Committee of the Parliament of Georgia – Gia Benashvili and Aleksandre Tabatadze, Public Defender Levan Ioseliani, representatives of Maro Makhashvili Military Servicemen’s Rehabilitation Center and the Defense and Security Civil Council.
The visit of Koba Kobaladze and the Georgian delegation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands continues.