Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NATO allies discuss Georgia's NATO membership

NATO on Tuesday welcomed Georgia's ongoing reform efforts in preparation for the country's membership in the security organization at a NATO-Georgia Commission meeting.

NATO allies agreed at the 2008 Bucharest Summit that Georgia would become a NATO member, provided the country met all the necessary requirements.

NATO allies praised Georgia's major contributions to NATO operations, including the mission in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Georgia briefed the commission on the security situation in and around the Black Sea.

They also talked about the implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, launched in 2014 to help Georgia improve its defense capabilities and move towards NATO membership.

After meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in December 2016, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pledged continued support to Georgia, as the country pursues reforms which move it closer to joining the military alliance.

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