NATO Sec-Gen: ‘We will help, support Georgia on its way to NATO membership’

  • Jens Stoltenberg said NATO helps Georgia “with more modernising their defence and security institutions, implementing reforms”. Photo: NATO webpage

Agenda.ge, 21 Nov 2019 - 01:04, Tbilisi,Georgia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “we will help and we support Georgia on its way towards NATO membership”.

Stoltenberg responded to Georgian journalist ahead of the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Brussels on Wednesday.

He said NATO helps Georgia “with more modernising their defence and security institutions, implementing reforms”.

That’s the purpose of the NATO presence in Georgia, help to modernise their defence and security institutions”, he said.

Speaking of importance of the Black Sea region he noted that NATO has three littoral countries there: Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey as well as two important partners: Georgia and Ukraine there.

We are working with our partners, both Georgia and Ukraine, in the Black Sea Region and I urge Allies to provide the necessary resources, personnel, to make sure that we step up and provide more practical support”, Stoltenberg stated.

At NATO foreign Ministerial on November 20, NATO FMs addressed a wide range of security challenges in preparation for the meeting of NATO leaders in London.

Georgian FM David Zalkaliani who also travelled to Brussels,  said  he will “maximally use” the NATO ministerial, which is being held ahead of the meeting of NATO leaders in London in December, to show Georgia’s progress on its NATO path during the ministerial and in London next month.

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