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NATO positive on Georgia’s claims

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, May 31
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has met with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Roosevelt Rose Gottemoeller.

The officials discussed Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration and the progress achieved in the implementation of the NATO-Georgia substantial package.

NATO's willingness to promote reforms in Georgia and further strengthen the country's defense capabilities was once again confirmed.

The Prime Minister of Georgia underlined the importance of the adoption of a declaration in support of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, according to which, cooperation between the Alliance and Georgia covers all practical instruments that will finally prepare Georgia for membership.

Kvirikashvili stated that this document is a “strong demonstration of the support” of the alliance for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and NATO membership process of Georgia.

NATO's Deputy Secretary General said NATO continues to support Georgia as an aspirant country. According to her, Georgia contributes to strengthening overall Euro-Atlantic security.

The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, has asked NATO to render expert assistance to Georgia in reforming the national security system of the country.

Margvelashvili stated this at the meeting with Gottemoeller, and spoke about the steps taken by Georgia towards NATO integration.

The President said the main task of the government is to use all the tools available in order to ensure that Georgia meets NATO's next enlargement with readiness.

"It was very clearly emphasized at the Warsaw Summit that Georgia has all practical mechanisms to prepare for membership.

“It once again emphasized that Georgia is a partner of the alliance that plays a special role in maintaining common security and stability," said Tengiz Pkhaladze, the President’s Secretary for Foreign Relations.