Within the framework of the visit, the NATO-Georgia Commission will hold a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of Georgia and the Deputy Secretary General of NATO.
The North Atlantic Committee and the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, for her part, will hold bilateral meetings with the President of Georgia, Prime Minister, Chairman and members of the Parliament, officials of the Georgian Government. Meetings will be conducted with representatives of the non-governmental sector. The North Atlantic Council will visit two Georgian coast guard vessels in the Batumi Port. On the sidelines of the visit, the Deputy Secretary General of NATO will deliver a lecture at the Batumi State University that is highly important in terms of increasing awareness and involvement of our students, young generation. Chairman of the Ajara Government will also speak before the attending audience.
The NAC pays its fifth visit to Georgia, which is unprecedented in the history of Georgia’s cooperation with the Council’s partner countries and a clear evidence of successively increasing level of relations and intense cooperation between Georgia and the Alliance.
Georgia, as one of the most devoted and interoperable partners of NATO attaches paramount importance to this visit of the North Atlantic Council and its unconditional political support for Georgia’s membership of the Alliance that provides yet another proof of the irreversibility of Georgia’s NATO integration process.
The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the principal political decision-making body within NATO. Therefore, it is important that its members arrive in Georgia in person, to see for themselves Georgia’s progress in strengthening defence capabilities, as well as in successfully delivering democratic reforms.
In the margins of the visit, discussions will focus on all issues relating to Georgia’s membership of the Alliance with special accent on the political dialogue between NATO and Georgia and on the need to further deepen the practical cooperation, including in terms of strengthening Black Sea Security.
The NAC’s fifth visit will also serve as an important signal to our society. The increasing number of the North Atlantic Council’s visits clearly indicate that there are special links of cooperation between the Alliance and Georgia.
The NAC’s visit, which is held prior to the Summit of NATO Heads of State and Government scheduled for December clearly shows that Georgia as a NATO aspirant country is high on the Alliance’s agenda and is a valuable and reliable partner of NATO.
The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the principal political decision-making body within NATO chaired by the NATO Secretary General. It brings together representatives of each member country to discuss policy or operational questions.
This visit serves as a powerful signal of the Alliance’s political support for Georgia.
Comment of the Georgian Foreign Minister on the results of the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of NATO Defence MinistersThursday, 27 October 2016 15:55
Comment of the Georgian Foreign Minister, Mikheil Janelidze on the results o fthe meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of NATO Defence Ministers.
We welcome the readiness of NATO to actively work towards implementation of the Warsaw Summit decisions. Yesterday, the NATO Defence Ministers, met for the first time since the Summit to discuss the issues and measures related to the implementation of the Warsaw decisions.
At the Warsaw Summit, the Alliance made a decision to enhance its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance and in the Black Sea region, as well as to project stability beyond its borders and assist the partner and aspirant countries, including Georgia, in strengthening their defensive capabilities and resilience.
We welcome NATO’s increased presence and activities in the Eastern Europe and particularly in the Black Sea region.Georgia as an aspirant country supports the Allied efforts to strengthen shared Euro-Atlantic security.
Security of the Black Sea region is the integral part of the Euro-Atlantic Security. It is important that the Alliance has started to take specific steps to bolster security in the Black Sea region. It should be emphasized that Georgia, in its respective formats, participates in the NATO discussions regarding the Black Sea security.
We welcome that NATO will not only increase its presence and activities in the Black Sea region, but will also support the efforts of the littoral countries aimed at ensuring security and stability in the region. In this context, the Alliance will strengthen cooperation with Georgia in accordance to the Warsaw Summit decisions.
Georgia is committed to continue its contribution to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area, and of the Black Sea region as its integral part.
The fourth visit the North Atlantic Council to Georgia terminated yesterday. The visit was assessed by the Secretary General of the NAC as an act of solid support of the reforms in Georgia, - respective statement was made by the Prime Minister of Georgia during the session of the European Integration Commission. Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked all persons involved in the organization of the events during the visit of the NAC delegation.
"All guests without exception and first of all Jens Stoltenberg have made supporting statements and reasserted impressive progress achieved by Georgia in the recent years. Furthermore, the practical support that will strengthen the democratic institutes on the one hand and economic development through enhancing Georgia's defensibility and stability on another, is also crucially important," - Prime Minister noted.
The visit of the North Atlantic Council is a clear signal and demonstration that Georgia has a huge place in the agenda of Alliance – this statement was made by the permanent representative of Georgia to NATO Aleqsandre Maisuradze. According to him, this visit is politically important.
“This visit of the North Atlantic Council is a clear signal and demonstration that Georgia has a huge place in the agenda of Alliance. Alliance supports territorial integrity, sovereignty and Euro Atlantic Integration process of Georgia,”-Maisuradze said. According to him, Warsaw Summit agreements will be discussed at NATO-Georgia Commission Session.
The visit of the North Atlantic Council confirms the interest and support Georgia has from NATO –this statement was made by the State Minister for European and Euro Atlantic Integration of Georgia Davit Bakradze.
As for NATO-Georgia Commission Meeting, according to him, the agreements made at Warsaw Summit will be discussed.
“The agreements achieved at Warsaw Summit will be discussed. We will also discuss defense system strengthening mechanisms, strategic communication skills and the Euro Atlantic Integration way of Georgia. We have all practical instruments to prepare for Europe. This is this years’ national program of NATO-Georgia substantial package,”-Davit Bakradze said.
North Atlantic Council's visit in Georgia is political support of Georgian Euro Atlantic way –Mikheil JanelidzeWednesday, 07 September 2016 14:47
North Atlantic Council's visit in Georgia is political support of Georgian Euro Atlantic way – this statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze. According to him, this is a confirmation of the result Georgian Government achieved this period.
“The Secretary General and North Atlantic Council visits our country in the most important time. After Warsaw Summit which is political support of our Euro Atlantic way. This visit highlights all the results our government has achieved : reforms in defense system and implemented project,”-Mikheil Janelidze said.
NATO will reconfirm the importance of its partnership with Georgia during a two-day visit of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) starting on Wednesday (7 September 2016).
Today, a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission – chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – will bring together ambassadors from all NATO Allies with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to discuss Georgia’s contributions to transatlantic security, regional security, and Tbilisi’s reform progress.
On 8 September, the NATO delegation will meet with President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Defence Minister Levan Izoria, Chairman of the Parliament David Usupashvili, and Members of the Georgian Parliament.
During the visit, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and several ambassadors will participate in the Tbilisi International Conference, while Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow will open the new venue of the Information Centre on NATO and the European Union in Tbilisi. The NAC will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre, which is helping to enhance the interoperability of forces from Georgia, NATO Allies and partners through training and exercises.
On September 7-8 the North Atlantic Council (the NAC) will visit Georgia. This is an indication of unparalleled support for Georgia on the part of the North Atlantic Alliance and recognition of achievements attained by the country, - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili indicated prior the Cabinet session.
According to him, this is the fourth visit of the NAC to Georgia and it signifies yet another confirmation of interest of Alliance member-states to Georgia.
"During the visit, implementation of the Warsaw Summit results may be discussed. We believe that the country's progress in terms of democratic and economic development will also be addressed. This will be a very important visit. The NAC is the supreme decision-making body within the alliance, hence this visit carries particular importance", - Prime Minister indicated
The North Atlantic Council met members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and discussed priorities for this year’s NATO Summit in Warsaw as well as how the Alliance is adapting to the new security challenges. The discussions were part of regular consultations between the two organisations.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Warsaw Summit agenda will be driven by two major themes, balance and adaptation. The Alliance will need to ensure a right balance between addressing challenges coming from the East and from the South. And the Alliance will also need to ensure a right balance between deterrence and dialogue with partners who do not necessarily share NATO’s core values, including Russia. He highlighted that a strong deterrence posture goes hand in hand with NATO’s readiness to have dialogue. Mr. Stoltenberg said that fulfilling the Wales Defence Investment Pledge will help the Alliance achieve these objectives. Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and of the North Atlantic Council also discussed NATO’s decision to provide support to assist with the refugee and migrant crisis in the Aegean See and cooperation between NATO and the European Union.
The Secretary General also had a separate meeting with the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Michael Turner. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is an inter-parliamentary organisation of parliamentarians from NATO member countries and associate countries and is independent from NATO. It provides a link between NATO and the parliaments of NATO member countries, to help build parliamentary and public awareness and understanding for Alliance policies.
The Secretary General stressed the decision was “an important step in the Euro-Atlantic integration of the entire Western Balkans region and it makes clear that NATO keeps its door open, to complete our vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.”
The decision to invite Montenegro was taken during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Foreign Ministers. Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić and Defence Minister, Professor Milica Pejanović-Đurišić were invited to join the meeting after the decision was taken.
Since 2009, NATO and Montenegro have worked closely together through the Membership Action Plan, which helps nations prepare for possible future membership. The Secretary General said Wednesday’s decision reflected Montenegro’s “unwavering commitment to our common values and to international security.” Mr. Stoltenberg said it was important for Montenegro to continue on its reform path, “on defence adaptation, on domestic reform, especially rule of law, and to continue to make progress in demonstrating public support for Montenegro’s NATO membership.” The Secretary General said that the Alliance will continue to monitor progress in these areas as Allies start the accession talks and during the ratification process.
Wednesday’s decision will pave the way for accession talks to start in early 2016. Once they are concluded, Allies will sign an accession protocol which will have to be ratified by parliaments in all 28 Allies. Once that process is completed, Montenegro will be able to accede to the Washington Treaty and become a member of the Alliance.