NATO Deputy Secretary General discusses reform progress and strengthening of cooperation with Georgian Foreign Minister

  • 02 Mar. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 02 Mar. 2016 17:39

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze met on Wednesday (2 March 2016) ahead of a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission. Ambassador Vershbow reiterated NATO’s support for Georgia’s ambitious reform agenda and welcomed Georgia’s commitment to the implementation of NATO’s Substantial Package of support to Georgia.

During their meeting, the Deputy Secretary General stressed the need for continued momentum in Georgia’s reform efforts and thanked Georgia for its contributions to the Alliance’s operation in Afghanistan. These contributions, he noted, have enabled Georgian forces to achieve a high degree of interoperability with NATO forces.

Ambassador Vershbow also highlighted progress on the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package. He noted that implementation efforts are on the right track, demonstrating Allies’ commitment to Georgia’s security and progress towards membership in the Alliance. He also stressed the importance of continued work on the implementation of NATO’s Substantial Package and underscored Allies’ readiness to explore ways to strengthen NATO’s cooperation with Georgia, in line with the commitments towards Georgia made at the NATO Summit in Bucharest in 2008.