Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspiration as a top priority of the country's foreign and security policy was discussed on Wednesday during a meeting between the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Garibashvili stressed the close cooperation of his Government with the alliance in the integration process, which has seen Georgia “effectively use all the practical tools” on the path to eventual membership, the Government Administration said.
The meeting focused on the “strong support” by both the alliance and its partner countries toward Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations, while the reforms implemented by the Government as part of the integration process were “positively assessed”.
Stoltenberg highlighted the role of Georgia as a “strong and reliable” partner of the alliance, noting its “important contribution” to the process of ensuring both global and Black Sea regional security.
Garibashvili and Stoltenberg expressed hope Georgia 's progress and aspirations would be “adequately” reflected in further decisions of NATO in terms of both political support for the country's membership aspirations and the strengthening of its practical capabilities.
The meeting also discussed the security environment in the Black sea region amid the war in Ukraine, with the PM reiterating the solidarity of the Georgian people towards the country. On his part, Stoltenberg reiterated his support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Garibashvili also thanked the Secretary General for his “personal efforts” in playing an “essential role” in Georgia's progress on the path to NATO integration.