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Thursday, 04 May 2023 15:02

The Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Beraia, and members of the Committee met the Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges, James Appathurai, who is on a visit to Georgia.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the Euro-Atlantic integration process of Georgia and the significance of expediting Georgia's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance. They also deliberated on the necessity of further reinforcing practical assistance from NATO to Georgia to counter hybrid threats.

The meeting was attended by Committee members Aleksandre TabatadzeKhatia TsilosaniHerman SaboAleksandre ElisashviliAleksandre Motserelia, and the Head of the NATO Liaison Office, Alexander Vinnikov.

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