Tbilisi: Political consultations with Georgia in the areas of security and Euro-Atlantic integration
Director General for NATO and Security Policy and National Coordinator for NATO Ambassador Vesko Garčević paid a visit to Tbilisi on 3-4 April 2016 on the occasion of political consultations with Georgia in the areas of security and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as participation at the NATO-Georgia public diplomacy forum.
During the consultations, Ambassador Garčević met separately with State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze and Director of the Security Policy Department and Euro-Atlantic Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Dolidze.
The Georgian hosts congratulated Montenegro on the excellent success in NATO integration and noted that Montenegro’s progress is a clear indicator that the Alliance is devoted to the open door policy. In this context, they noted that the invitation to Montenegro is an important message for Georgia and other aspiring countries, as well as that Montenegro’s experience is very important for all future Alliance members. Along those lines, they underlined the importance of Georgia’s NATO integration as the only possible way of establishing lasting peace in the region, especially bearing in mind the ongoing conflict in Georgia’s neighbourhood, which is important for the overall security and for ensuring energy stability in Europe.
Ambassador Garčević voiced support for Georgia’s efforts as well as his understanding for the peculiarity of the country’s situation when it comes to Euro-Atlantic integration. Along those lines, bearing in mind Montenegro’s experience, the importance was noted of further implementation of reforms and closer cooperation with the Alliance as the only right path towards full-fledged membership. He also voiced his expectation that the communication and exchange of experience between the two countries will resume with the view to ensuring Europe’s stability and security.
At the NATO-Georgia public diplomacy forum, Ambassador Garčević participated at the panel entitled Georgia on the road to NATO Summit in Warsaw: The role of effective strategic communication, where he presented Montenegro’s experience in Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as priorities and planned activities towards NATO membership.