NATO-Georgia Relationship: Georgia has tools to prepare for joining NATO - Stoltenberg (updated with video)
Politics18:18 Sep. 7, 2016

Georgia has tools to prepare for joining NATO - Stoltenberg (updated with video)

Alliance officials visit Georgia to confirm NATO's enduring support

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance supports Georgia's aspiration to join the organization.

"As an aspirant country, Georgia has all the practical tools to prepare for NATO membership", Jens Stoltenberg said at the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Tbilisi, on September 7.

A meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission – chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – is set to bring together ambassadors from all NATO Allies with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to discuss Georgia's contributions to transatlantic security, regional security (including the Black Sea region) and Tbilisi's reform progress, the NATO reports

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The NATO is unanimous in supporting Georgia in this direction, the Ukrainian news outlet Hromadske quoted Stoltenberg as saying. Also, the NATO assures that its support for Georgia's reform efforts and its goal of integration in Euro-Atlantic institutions is a priority for cooperation.

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Georgia's accession to NATO "is the firm will of the Georgian people, and the government is doing everything possible to implement the people's choice", Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said at the open part of the Commission meeting. 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Georgia on September 7 to examine the progress made by the country to join the Alliance, the NATO reports. 

On 8 September, the NATO delegation will meet with President Giorgi Margvelashvili and other top officials.  The NAC will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre, which is helping to enhance the interoperability of forces from Georgia, NATO Allies and partners through training and exercises.

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