NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili (December 2)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Photo: NATO
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Photo: NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili (December 2)

Prime Minister Kvirikashvili, it is a great pleasure and a great honour to welcome you once again to NATO Headquarters. And I think that your visit here just reconfirms the very strong partnership we have developed over several years, and also the friendship and the partnership that you and I have developed over the years, meeting in different formats in Brussels, in Tbilisi and also other places and always expressing strong support together to enhancing the partnership between NATO and Georgia.

I would also like to start by thanking Georgia and the soldiers in the quick reaction force in Resolute Support in Afghanistan for the way they reacted very quickly in defence of the German consulate that was attacked in Mazar and where the Georgian soldiers were very brave and professional in defending the consulate. And luckily no one was wounded and there were no casualties, so this is just yet another example of how Georgia contributes to our shared security and how Georgia contributes to NATO and the important role and the professionalism of your soldiers when they conduct operations in NATO, in Resolute Support in Afghanistan.

NATO’s partnership with Georgia is something we really appreciate and we attach very great importance to and it’s a partnership which we have developed over many years.

We discussed during our meeting how we can strengthen that partnership and how we can develop it further. The North-Atlantic Council visited Georgia in September, there we met with you and many of your ministers and we also assessed the progress we are making when it comes to the implementation of the substantial NATO-Georgia Package which we agreed at the Warsaw Summit.

I would also like to congratulate you on the elections in Georgia. Your reappointment as Prime Minister but also the way you conducted the elections in Georgia, free and fair elections which have been conducted in a way which has been highly recognised by the international community and it just expresses the progress you are making on the reform path and NATO will continue to support you in implementing those reforms and we will continue to provide both political support and practical support for Georgia. We will provide strong political support for your independence, for your territorial integrity and sovereignty and we will continue to provide practical support for both the importance of implementing the reforms but also to continue to conduct exercises, to make sure that we fill and strengthen the Joint Training Centre and also that we make sure that the NATO-Georgia Commission continues to be an important platform and tool for political dialogue but also for practical cooperation.

As we have stated many times before, Georgia has all the practical tools for membership, we will continue to support you in your aspirations and in your efforts to strengthen your ties with NATO and we are here to provide that kind of support and that kind of help.

So we will also continue to work with Georgia on the challenges we see in the broader Black Sea region, we have made an assessment of the security situation in the Black Sea region and of course Georgia being a little state, Georgia is one of the countries which are important for NATO to work closely with because the Black Sea region is of strategic importance for the whole NATO Alliance and the partnership with Georgia is an important part of that.

So once again I welcome you to NATO, it’s always a pleasure to meet with you and I look forward to continue to work with you and your government and the ministers that you had with you in your delegation today. So welcome.