17:56 GMT09 May 2021
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    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Georgia is very important for the country's territorial integrity and national sovereignty, as well as its path toward democratic reforms, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Wednesday.

    TBILISI (Sputnik) — Stoltenberg is expected to chair the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Tbilisi with Kvirikashvili on September 7. On September 8, Stoltenberg and the NATO ambassadors are expected to meet Georgian President Giorgi Marvelashvili, senior cabinet officials and lawmakers.

    "This visit is an important message in terms of support of the country's development, sovereignty and territorial integrity and, obviously, support for Georgia's democratic reforms," Kvirikashvili said at a government meeting.

    He added that a meeting regarding the implementation of reforms needed for the improvement of Georgia's defense capacity had been scheduled.

    Cooperation between Georgia and NATO officially began in 1994 when the country became a member of the Partnership for Peace program. Since 2004, the cooperation has become much closer. In April 2008, at the NATO Bucharest Summit, the allied heads of state and government agreed to Georgia becoming a NATO member in the future.


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