Georgia is one of the closest partners of NATO and immensely contributes to Euro-Atlantic security, says NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Tacan Ildem.
Ildem is in Tbilisi today to participate in the second addition of the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum that opened in the Georgian capital today.
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili opened the conference, saying that membership in the Euro-Atlantic family is an integral part of the government's vision for the future of Georgia.
In his speech Kvirikashvili reminded listeners that on April 9, 28 years ago, dozens of young Georgians sacrificed their lives during the struggle for independence.
"I hope that Georgia will build the future dreamed of by the young people who have sacrificed their lives for independence. The membership in the euro-Atlantic family is an integral part of our vision for the future of Georgia and this also is a sovereign decision of the Georgian people”.
The NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum provides an opportunity for public diplomacy and communication professionals from all over the continent to come together to develop strategies, share best practices and actions required to effectively respond to new challenges facing the allies and partners.
This event also aims to improve transatlantic strategic communication and enhance the ability to counter hybrid warfare and dispel propaganda and misinformation. It also draws attention to the needs of the countries in the region and enables them to develop robust strategies and measures together with NATO member states.
Assistant Secretary General Ildem said at the forum that "more NATO in Georgia and more Georgia in NATO” isn't merely a slogan. He stressed the level of partnership with Georgia and added that "the stable Black Sea region is crucial to NATO”.
State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Victor Dolidze said that the Georgian government doesn’t counter propaganda with propaganda. Instead, it raises awareness of citizens about the benefits of Euro-Atlantic integration.
Tomorrow, the second day of the forum will give the tribune to President Giorgi Margvelashvili.