Stoltenberg says Georgia to become NATO member
The leaders of NATO member states "are working to prepare for Georgia's membership," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a joint press briefing with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili in Brussels on Thursday.
"It is ten years since the first meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission. We fully support Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Georgia will become a member of NATO. Allied leaders reaffirmed this yesterday. And we will continue to work with you to prepare for membership," Stoltenberg said.
Stoltenberg hailed Georgia's effort towards the integration into NATO and said, "We are impressed by the progress you are making on reforms."
He also thanked Georgia for its contribution to the NATO operation in Afghanistan.
According to Georgia's Channel One, Margvelashvili told Stoltenberg about the country's preparedness for the next stage of cooperation with the alliance.
Georgia has practical tools to prepare for entering into NATO, he said.
Georgia is compatible with the alliance; it is a responsible partner, which fully shares NATO's values and takes active part in international missions, Margvelashvili said.