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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: New Georgian Government Confirmed Goal to Join NATO at NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting


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During the session of the NATO-Georgia Council held in Brussels today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that Georgia is a valuable partner to NATO and the decision from the Bucharest summit regarding Georgia’s future in NATO still stands.

“NATO also highly values Georgia’s contribution to ensuring international security. For example, Georgia plays an essential role in ensuring security and stability in Afghanistan. Georgia is the biggest non-NATO contributor there,” Paet stated. Paet added that Georgia has become a guardian of security.

Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Panjikidze also confirmed at the meeting that accession to NATO is a key priority of Georgia’s foreign and security policy and that Georgia is completely committed to Euro-Atlantic security.

It was decided at the Bucharest summit of 2008 that Georgia would become a NATO member and Estonia is a firm supporter of Georgia’s endeavours to move closer to NATO. “Every candidate country has its own path to NATO,” said Paet, adding that Georgia must continue making reforms.

The Estonian foreign minister also noted that it is essential that the principles of rule of law are respected and that all the political powers in Georgia take responsibility for the further stable development of Georgia.

Today in Brussels the NATO foreign ministers will also meet with foreign ministers of the countries participating in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) who are not members of the alliance.

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