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NATO Secretary-General to Open Training Center in Georgia Next Week - PM

© AP PhotoSecretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg
Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg - Sputnik International
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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will visit Georgia next week to open an alliance's training center, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said Wednesday.

TBILISI (Sputnik) — Earlier, it was reported that Stoltenberg would pay a two-day visit to Georgia on August 26-27.

"In a week time, NATO Secretary-General will come to Georgia. We are opening a training center. The visit of NATO Secretary-General is very important for us. There were many speculations about this center allegedly being a training camp. It is a training center for our troops, so that we can prepare our army and increase its level of training, in order for them to be in line with NATO standards," the prime minister told reporters.

US and Georgian servicemen take part in the joint US-Georgia military exercise at the Vaziani base outside the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, Georgia, Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The detailed agenda of the NATO Secretary-General visit to Georgia will be published by the end of the week.

The opening of the training center in Georgia is planned as one of the measures to encourage Georgia in its efforts to join NATO, which were approved at the alliance summit in Wales in September 2014.

Institutional cooperation between Georgia and NATO began in 1994, when Georgia became a member of the NATO's Partnership for Peace program. The country's cooperation with the organization intensified after Georgian revolution in 2004.

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