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Giorgi Gakharia Holds Meeting with Jens Stoltenberg at NATO Headquarters

The process of Georgia's NATO integration and Black Sea security were the main topics of discussion during the meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, which was held today at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

It was noted during the meeting that in recent years, NATO-Georgia cooperation has been developing in a highly dynamic manner, and that high-level meetings and the successful conduct of joint exercises confirm NATO's strong support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration.

Giorgi Gakharia and Jens Stoltenberg discussed ways of maintaining dynamic NATO-Georgia cooperation and the process of integration under the conditions of the global pandemic. Discussions at the meeting touched on the renewal of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package.

During the conversation, special attention was paid to the importance of deepening cooperation in terms of Black Sea security. The Prime Minister stated that Georgia, as part of the wider Black Sea Region, can play an important role in political, as well as economic and security directions.

During the meeting, the parties discussed NATO's open door policy, Georgia's progress on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration, and implemented democratic reforms. In this regard, the importance of the constitutional amendments, which ensure that the elections will be held in line with a highly proportional system, was especially emphasized. It was noted that holding the 31 October parliamentary elections in line with the highest international standards will be yet another step forward.

Georgia's special contribution to Euro-Atlantic security was once again reiterated.

The head of the government thanked Jens Stoltenberg for supporting Georgia's NATO integration process and stressed that the absolute majority of Georgia's population supports the country's Euro-Atlantic integration.

Giorgi Gakharia invited the NATO secretary general to Georgia.