Georgian PM calls for joint efforts against security threats at Brussels Forum

  • Georgian PM Irakli Garibashvili  delivered a speech at Brussels Forum earlier today. Photo: government of Georgia press office., 14 Jun 2021 - 19:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has stated that not only Georgia but regional countries have been subjected to emerging security threats and urged for joint efforts against the challenge.

We are looking into ways to protect ourselves,” Garibashvili said as a keynote speaker at the Brussels forum today which is being held under the June 14-18 NATO summit and comprises several thematic panels, including the Investing in Resilience panel where Garibashvili was invited to deliver his speech. 

Garibashvili stated that since the day Georgia regained its independence it has been subjected to economic, energy and trade blockades, cyber-attacks, information warfare and other types of non-conventional, as well as conventional warfare.

With 20 per cent of Georgia still occupied by Russia and used as launch-pad for its destructive policies, these hostile actions continue to this day,” Garibashvili stated. 

He said that ‘it is crucial for like-minded states to join forces’ and share tools and experience to build resilience, ‘which has become a crucial concept not only in military, but much broader terms - the resilience of societies, founded on the shared principles of human rights, rule of law, good governance and market economy.’ 

I am proud to note that Georgia has shown remarkable resilience throughout difficult times and has learned a thing or two about how to counter them. Strengthening Georgia’s democratic institutions, boosting economic development and pursuing modernization are some of the important endeavors that we pursue to be more resilient in the face of the external threats,” Garibashvili stated.

Garibashvili stated that the complex nature of modern hybrid warfare calls for joint effort and support from partners.

In that context, it is important that the NATO Summit 2021 focuses on the NATO-2030 agenda, which will become a basis for the new strategic concept of the alliance. We also welcome that reinvigoration of the NATO Open Door policy is one of the key recommendations produced by the NATO 2030 document and hope for the effective continuation of this policy in the years to come,” Garibashvili said. 

He stated that for years NATO has been actively investing and engaged in resilience-building efforts in Georgia and that the country is committed to further deepening cooperation with NATO in this direction. 

For Georgia this agenda is all the more pertinent, as we prepare ourselves for membership in the alliance,” Garibashvili stated. 

 The forum is attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and other global leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and others.