The Georgian parliamentary delegation, led by the head of the defence and security committee Irakli Beraia, discussed regional and Georgian security challenges, as well as Russia’s war against Ukraine in bilateral meetings held within the framework of the ongoing NATO parliamentary assembly in Madrid.
Russian occupation of Georgian territories, conventional and hybrid threats to the country, as well as expanding and strengthening the relations between the countries have been also reviewed with French, Finnish and Turkish, as well as Romanian and Estonian parliamentary delegations, the press service of parliament said.
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The Georgian side stressed the need for Georgia to join NATO and focused on the importance of speeding up this decision, while also highlighting the need to further strengthen the country's defence, security, and ability to fight hybrid threats.
According to the chairman of the parliament’s defence and security committee and the head of the delegation, Irakli Beraia, taking into consideration the sharply deteriorated security environment, the partners have been very well aware of the importance of Georgia joining NATO, giving grounds for optimism regarding the acceleration of the decision to join the alliance.
NATO allies can make bold decisions if there is political will to do so. This is a very good signal for us that it is possible to join the alliance in an accelerated manner. [...] The partners firmly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. [...] they will continue to support Georgia in all formats and on all international platforms, as well as in various organisations", Beraia said.
Anne Genetet, the head of the French delegation, said Georgia has been an “important” country of the Black Sea region and France’s strategic partner, while noting that European security has been tied to the region’s security.
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The heads of Estonian, Romanian and Turkish delegations, Mati Raidma, Attila Laszlo and Osman Askin Bak also reaffirmed their continuing support for Georgia’s NATO membership. The Georgian delegation and Beraia also held meetings with Spanish and Swedish delegations on Saturday and discussed the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration with Javier Colomina, the NATO secretary general's special representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.