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The agency has extensive ties to Georgia and has worked in the country for more than 20 years on nuclear security topics and nonproliferation, including protection and removal of radioactive sources, radiation and nuclear detection, nuclear forensics, and the use of a decommissioned research reactor and hot cell facility to train International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors and analysts.

“Georgia is a key partner in the region,” Hruby said. “Few countries can match its engagement on nonproliferation and nuclear security issues. I am especially impressed with their commitment to border security.”