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NATO Secretary General Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai visited Georgia as his last trip as the Special Representative

On July 2, 2021, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, David Zalkaliani, met with the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai.

At the meeting, parties discussed multiple aspects of NATO-Georgia cooperation. They emphasized Georgia’s progress on the Euro-Atlantic integration path and underlined the fact that aspirant Georgia is one of the closest and most interoperable partners of the Alliance.

Additionally, the outcomes of the 2021 NATO Brussels Summit were addressed. The parties underscored the importance of messages outlined in the Summit Communique, including the reiterated support to the 2008 Bucharest Summit decision that Georgia will become a member of the Alliance, as well as the Allied support for Georgia’s right to decide its own future and foreign policy course free from outside interference.

Russia’s illegal activities on the occupied territories, including the arbitrary detention of Georgian citizen, Zaza Gakheladze were also discussed.

James Appathurai expressed his gratitude to the Government of Georgia for facilitating the recently achieved agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia and highlighted Georgia’s unique role in strengthening regional security.

In addition, the importance of the upcoming 2022 NATO Summit was emphasized, which should be a good opportunity to adequately assess the progress Georgia has made on the NATO membership path.