Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Wednesday highlighted the “unshakable and firm” path undertaken by the Government for Euro-Atlantic integration of the country, with a particular focus on the upcoming NATO Summit.
Garibashvili noted the 2017 initiative of the country's Government and ruling party to define the country’s foreign policy course in the Constitution and reaffirm the “unwavering will” to become a member of the European Union and NATO.
The Government head also said he hoped the country's “progress and achievements”, including the contribution of the peacekeeping troops deployed across the world to support NATO missions, would be “properly reflected” at the upcoming Summit of the alliance in Madrid, which he will attend at the invitation of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Garibashvili noted the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, a related action plan and other annual programmes had been “meticulously” executed by the Georgian Government, with NATO having “no reservations” on their fulfilment.
Concrete steps taken to strengthen defence capabilities will be the real effective steps towards compatibility with NATO”, he said.
The PM also reminded the public NATO membership depended on the consensus of all members of the alliance and not only on the “Government’s will”, stressing Georgia’s Russian-occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) were “among of the obstacles” to country’s membership.