NATO Secretary General welcomes Georgia’s reform efforts
At the end of a two-day visit to Tbilisi, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg encouraged Georgia to continue implementing fundamental reforms to prepare for NATO membership. He stressed that “the bonds between NATO and Georgia are stronger than ever.”
Meeting with President Giorgi Margvelashvili on Thursday (8 September 2016), Mr. Stoltenberg praised Georgia for its important contributions to NATO’s operations and activities. He noted that the Alliance is committed to helping Georgia move towards NATO membership, including through the NATO-Georgia Commission and the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package. NATO experts in Georgia are providing advice on defence planning, education and cyber security, while Allies have increased joint training and exercises with Georgian troops.
The Secretary General also thanked Georgia for its steady progress on constitutional and electoral reforms. “We look forward to the upcoming elections meeting the highest democratic standards, because, as a community of values, NATO puts a premium on democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he said. Mr. Stoltenberg added that the Alliance is closely following the security situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. At the Warsaw Summit, Allies reaffirmed NATO’s full commitment to Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognised borders.