Matthew Bryza: Anaklia port can be used for military operations in Afghanistan

Matthew Bryza: Anaklia port can be used for military operations in Afghanistan
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“The Anaklia deep sea port is the most strategically important project of Georgia and its failure can really be tragedy”, Matthew Bryza, former official of US State Department said in his interview to IWPR, APA’s Georgian bureau reports.

”Strategically for Georgia, the Anaklia port is a game changer. It provides Georgia, for the first time I might add, direct access to large-scale shipping from around the world. Obviously, it has a national security impact in terms of traditional military security, but it also has a great impact on Georgia’s economic place in the world. I’m already seeing here in Turkey, that there are promising new logistical opportunities to deliver, for example material, food and other support, goods. For example, US military personnel in Afghanistan might consider using the Anaklia Port instead of having to transit military cargo into Afghanistan from Turkish ports, like Mersin, and drive across Turkey into Georgia. So there will be a lot more business, a lot more economic activity, which will reinforce Georgia’s strategic relationship with the United States. The port will also establish Georgia as a stronger global trading hub, which will be great in terms of strengthening its own sovereignty and independence and general security”, stated Mr. Bryza.

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