Discussing the irreversible process of Georgia’s integration with NATO, the Alliance’s support and Georgia’s successful steps on this path, the sides highlighted Georgia’s important role in ensuring regional and global security, including through its active engagement in projects aiming at enhancing Black Sea security and in the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
The Georgian Government’s fight against the pandemic was appraised as one of the most effective both in Europe and globally.
The sides welcomed the steps taken by the Georgian Government towards strengthening democracy, including by adopting constitutional amendments, and electoral system reforms.
Special attention was focused on the difficult security situation in Georgia’s occupied territories, which was particularly exacerbated over the recent period due to the fact that occupation forces, even amid the pandemic, increased their illegal activities and provocations. The sides expressed their concern over the incident on 11 July when the occupation forces wounded and detained a citizen of Georgia. The NATO delegation reaffirmed its strong support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Deputy Secretary General and the Georgian delegation expressed their readiness to continue active cooperation leading to Georgia’s membership of NATO, both by strengthening practical instruments and enhancing political support.
During the meeting, David Zalkaliani introduced Victor Dolidze, Georgia’s new Ambassador to NATO, who presented his credentials to Mircea Geoană.