The South-Eastern Europe Defence Ministerial gave Tbilisi the honour of hosting the ministerial in 2017.
The Southeastern European Defence Ministerial (SEDM) was developed in Tirana, March 1996. The long-term aim is to encourage peace and security of the South-East European countries. Georgia became an official member in 2013.
In addition to Georgia, other participant countries include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S.
For the first time, the ministerial recently held in the city of Rome appointed Tbilisi as the host for the SEDM 2017.
Lela Chikovani, deputy head of the Georgian defence department, served as Georgia’s representative in Rome during the ministerial.