Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili on Wednesday highlighted the importance of the country’s further progress in its NATO integration on the backdrop of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and subsequent “security challenges” in a meeting with Javier Colomina, the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.
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In their meeting in Tbilisi, the officials also discussed the Georgian Government's efforts to meet the 12-point conditions outlined by the European Union last year for granting its membership candidate status to the country, the Parliament press office said.
Papuashvili said he hoped the EU would grant the status to his country by the end of this year, while Colomina described Georgia as a “reliable partner” for NATO and reaffirmed the bloc’s “strong support” for its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In the visit that came ahead of the NATO Summit in Vilnius in July, Colomina also welcomed Tbilisi’s moves to implement democratic reforms and pledged the alliance’s “continuous support” for the country’s democratic advancement.