Macedonia's accession shows NATO's door open, Georgia's effort welcomed - Stoltenberg
Macedonia's accession to NATOshows that the alliance's door is open for new members that adhere to its standards, and NATO is encouraged by Georgia's commitment to reforms on its path toward the alliance membership, NATOSecretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, UrduPoint reported.
Earlier in the day, representatives of NATO member countries signed a protocol for Skopje to join the alliance.
"It shows that NATO's door remains open for countries that meet NATO's standards and adhere to the NATO's values of democracy, rule of law and individual liberty.
And we are very encouraged by what we see in Georgia; the commitment to reforms, the commitment to strengthening defense and security institutions, transparency, judiciary reforms," Stoltenberg said at a press conference, when asked what Macedonia's accession meant for Georgia.
Georgia has been striving to join NATO for years, with the alliance repeatedly reaffirming its support for Tbilisi's aspirations. Stoltenberg said in January that NATO and Georgia agreed to continue working together on Tbilisi's preparations for joining the bloc.