Meeting of NATO-Georgia Commission held in Brussels
Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 20 /Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Georgia is anticipating the corresponding reflection of the country's success after the democratically held elections on October 1, the Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania told Georgian TV channels following the meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission in Brussels.
According to him, NATO should make it clear to the Georgian side that it appreciates the efforts of Georgia's integration into the NATO.
The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen attended the meeting.
According to Alasania, the meeting noted the merits of Georgia, which will move to a new level in the future.
"We have convinced our partners that with the change of power Georgia will even more firmly follow the path of democracy and development of relations with NATO. We are a reliable and strong partner and we have convinced NATO in this," he said, stressing that the conversation also covered the recent arrests in Georgia, and the Georgian side has assured that the law will rule in Georgia.
Alasania said he was able to convince the members of the committee that the new Georgian government is a reliable partner of NATO. He also said that the pending visit of NATO Military Committee will be held in January next year.
The Minister stressed that Georgia reiterated its determination to continue participation in the NATO ISAF operation in Afghanistan.
Georgian State Minister for European Integration Aleksi Petriashvili representing the country at the meeting said that the meeting discussed issues related to the annual program of assistance and partnership between Georgia and NATO.
Alasania also stated that on November 22 he will visit the Georgian military contingent in Afghanistan.
Starting November some 1600 Georgian soldiers will be involved in the peacekeeping operation in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
This is the first visit of Irakli Alasania to Afghanistan in the rank of Georgian Defence Minister.
Alasania will go to Afghanistan from Brussels.
Georgian soldiers have been performing peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan as part of ISAF since August 2009. Some 18 Georgian soldiers were killed in the country since then.