The Georgian Parliamentary delegation is participating in the Spring Session of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Parliamentary Assembly in Luxembourg between Saturday and Monday, attending the Assembly’s committees and holding bilateral meetings with the delegations of the member states of the Alliance.
Irakli Beraia, the Chair of the Parliament's Defence and Security Committee, heading the Georgian delegation to the Assembly, said the agenda of the NATO PA included Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its impact on the security of the Black Sea region, the Parliament press office said.
The future of NATO’s “open door policy” is also part of the discussion agenda, Beraia noted, emphasising the Georgian delegation’s “goal is to use the Assembly’s platform to brief member states on the security challenges facing Georgia”, including ongoing Russian occupation. Georgia's progress on the Euro-Atlantic integration path and the importance of NATO support in strengthening the country’s defence and security capabilities will also be part of the discussions, he added.
MP Givi Mikanadze, one of the members of the delegation, said NATO member states reaffirmed their “unwavering support” for Georgia’s integration at the bilateral meetings. “We hear more and more often that it was a big mistake that Georgia's accession to NATO was not accelerated and Georgia should be next on the list of accessions after Finland and Sweden”, he noted.
“Participation in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly is of particular importance in the light of current geopolitical challenges and ahead of the NATO’s Vilnius Summit”, MP Giorgi Chakvetadze said, adding the Georgian delegation was emphasising the importance of Georgia's integration into the Alliance at all meetings.
Georgian officials have already held meetings with delegations of Luxembourg, Germany and Italy.