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NATO guarantor of free world security

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Friday, June 10
Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze has delivered a speech at a conference entitled 'The Future of NATO Enlargement and New Frontiers in European Security', which was organised by the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C.

In his speech late on June 8, Janelidze stressed Georgia continued to strive towards the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) as the alliance supports common values held in Georgia and at the same time is a safety guarantor for the free world.

“Georgia has always been and always will be a country that held values common to the free world. It is the obligation of NATO to protect the free world and people who are fighting for values of freedom,” Janelidze said.

The Minister stressed that the NATO enlargement process was important both for the countries striving towards the alliance and NATO itself.

“For the alliance, the process ensures regional stability, economic growth, the establishment of high democratic standards, the freedom of nations and the respect of fundamental human rights,” the Minister said.

Janelidze stressed that Georgia had done much and carried out reforms that were essential for Georgia’s integration into NATO.

“From this year’s NATO Warsaw Summit we are waiting for very clear signals that Georgia’s NATO membership process is irreversible and deepening of practical cooperation to boost Georgia’s security and self-defence capabilities,” Janelidze stated.

Founded in 1961, the Atlantic Council provides a forum for international political, business, and intellectual leaders. It manages ten regional centres and functional programmes related to international security and global economic prosperity. It is headquartered in Washington D.C.