Prime Minister"s visit to Brussels continues. After the meeting with , the President of the European Council, Giorgi Kvirikashvili had a meeting with European Commissioner for Migration, domestic and Citizenship issues, Dimitris Avramopulos. In parallel to the PM"s visit to Brussels , the NATO Defense Ministerial meeting will be held tomorrow with the participation of the Georgian Defence Minister. However, with regard to Georgia NATO Secretary General has already made a statement.
"Of course President Tusk also spoke on the issue when he said that Georgia has fully complied with its commitment which means viza liberalization for Georgian citizens" - said David Bakradze, State Minister for Euro-Atlantic integration.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs,the situation in the country was discussed .
"We talked about the ongoing reforms in the country and also about the pre-election environment that is important to ensure free and fair elections," - noted Mikheil Janelidze.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made a statement on Georgia’s NATO membership prospects at a press conference in Brussels.
To a Georgian journalist’s question of what are the chances of Georgia to become a member of NATO without MAP, Stoltenberg said that prior to Georgia"s accession to NATO, a consensus must be achieved with regard to the MAP.
"Georgia has all practical tools for NATO membership. You have an annual national program, you have a NATO-Georgia Commission and a substantial package.
We are moving forward and are implementing various components of the package, which was agreed on at a high level in Wales in 2014. All these practical tools will be used in a daily regime to prepare Georgia for membership. You are moving closer to NATO. MAP is a political status, granted by allies on the basis of a consensus. Therefore, prior to Georgia"s accession to NATO, it is necessary to reach a consensus with regard to the MAP."
Author: Tamar Nutsubidze