Georgia, Tbilisi, September 2 / Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia /
European and Euro-Atlantic integration is the cornerstone of Georgian foreign policy, the country's Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said at the opening of a recent ambassadorial, a meeting of diplomatic representatives of Georgia abroad, on Monday.
According to him, the power and the people are well aware that European and Euro-Atlantic integration is the only way that true democracy will form in Georgia.
"Only this will strengthen our national security and democracy," the Prime Minister said.
According to Ivanishvili, in the last year, the progress made towards democratization instills in him hope that an even wider road to European and Euro-Atlantic integration will open for Georgia.
The Prime Minister also said that NATO membership is a major challenges in ensuring the security of the country, adding that he hopes that Georgia will get to the next stage of NATO enlargement.
"Our country is contributing to the security of the international community. In this regard, Georgia's participation in the peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan should be noted. Our government is well aware of its responsibility in fulfilling this mission. The Georgian government pays due respect to the memory of our heroes fallen in Afghanistan. The government allocates unprecedented compensation to the bereaved families. We understand that the compensation does not make up for the loss, but this is a manifestation of our respect for them," Ivanishvili said.
According to him, a strategic partnership with the United States of America is essential to Georgia.
Cooperation with the United States is carried out under the conditions defined by the Charter on Strategic Partnership, the Prime Minister said.
"This is a partnership based on common interests, as well as on the achievement of common objectives in various areas," he said.
The Prime Minister said that he believes that the heads of diplomatic missions of Georgia in the European Union will make every effort to initiate an association agreement and its subsequent signing at the Vilnius summit in November.
"If we are preparing for the Vilnius summit today and are working to resolve specific short-term objectives, we should not forget the fact that it is necessary to think about the goals and perspectives of the country after the summit," Ivanishvili noted.
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