Brussels to host NATO-Georgia Commission meeting
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 9 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia will attend the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels June 11, the Georgian Defense Ministry reported.
"I have no doubt that the Georgain defense minister will hear from all the ministers that NATO's door is once again open for Georgia, as well as strong support for Georgia's territorial integrity and our intention to continue our cooperation and partnership," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a press conference in Brussels June 7.
"Georgia has a lot of reforms to push, and NATO will continue to help," he added.
Rasmussen stressed that the alliance closely watched the local elections in Georgia May 30.
He noted that at meetings with the Georgian authorities, he repeatedly stated that "a successful election would be a major factor for progress in cooperation within the NATO-Georgia Commission."
"I am therefore pleased that the local elections were successful, and naturally this is a positive step," Rasmussen said. "I also want to say that I was waiting for successful local elections because I think that the political leadership (of Georgia) will make every effort to complete the reforms for a democratic system. Things are going well. This will be positively stressed when we meet with the Georgian defense minister."