Bakhtadze to meet Tusk today

Bakhtadze to meet Tusk today

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze will meet President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels today.

Yesterday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed Bakhtadze to NATO Headquarters, reiterating the alliance’s support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations at a joint briefing.

"At the summit last week, all 29 allies reaffirmed that Georgia will become a member of NATO. This is in line with the decision we made at our Bucharest Summit in 2008," the NATO Secretary General said, underlining that NATO will continue to help Georgia prepare for membership and welcomed the country’s reform progress.

He noted that the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package is bolstering Georgia’s defence reforms, including with the NATO-Georgia Joint Training Centre. "I also expect broad allied participation in next year’s NATO-Georgia exercise,” cited Stoltenberg as saying.

Bakhtadze said at the briefing that the government of Georgia is fully committed to achieve NATO membership.

"We all agree that the reforms successfully implemented by Georgia together with the  assistance provided by NATO will contribute to our ultimate goal to become a full member of NATO," he said.

Bakhtadze will also meet with Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy andEnlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis.