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The National Security Council session, May 14, 2018. Photo: facebook.com/PresidentMargvelashvili

Georgian Leaders Want NATO Summit to Recognize Country’s Progress

The country’s progress on its NATO integration path has to be “adequately” recognized at the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels on July 11-12, the Georgian leaders stressed yesterday, shortly after the National Security Council session.

In his remarks after the meeting, President Giorgi Margvelashvili said Georgia “was indeed a frontrunner” with respect to NATO integration, and that its progress had to be “expressed into concrete steps leading us to NATO membership.”

PM Kvirikashvili echoed the President’s sentiments, saying “adequate recognition” of Georgia’s NATO integration progress was “in the interests of everyone.” “We spoke on how this can be done [at the Summit], so that its decisions get us closer to NATO membership, which is our ultimate objective,” Kvirikashvili noted.

Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze commented on the matter as well, telling journalists that he hoped Georgia’s progress on its NATO integration path would be “adequately recognized.” “Georgia is effectively using all available instruments and we expect that this will be reflected in the Summit decisions,” he said.

The participants also exchanged views on defense reforms and the security environment in and around Georgia, including the situation in the Russian-occupied regions. Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze, Defense Minister Levan Izoria, Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Head of the State Security Service Vakhtang Gomelauri were also present at the meeting along with other officials.

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