Philip Gordon holds meetings with Georgian authorities
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Panjikidze hosted U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. Phillip Gordon at the ministry today. The sides discussed political situation in the country, priorities of internal and foreign policy and enhancement of cooperation with the United States. Earlier today, Philip Gordon held meeting with Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania. The sides talked on the issues related to the US-Georgian bilateral cooperation, prospects of Georgia’s NATO integration and Georgia’s contribution in ISAF international mission. As Irakli Alasania stated, Georgia is a reliable partner of the United States and will stay committed to contributing to global peace and security. Georgian Defense Minister highlighted that Georgian peacekeepers will continue fulfilling its obligations in ISAF until the end of 2014 and render assistance to Afghan National Security Forces in post-ISAF period. Defense Minister underscored that Georgia’s aspiration to become a member of European and Euro-Atlantic community remains on the top of country’s foreign policy agenda. At the meeting Defense Minister welcomed the decision of the NATO Military Committee to visit Georgia early next year.
Georgian Prime Minister reiterates support to Ukraine`s sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders - Irakli Gharibashvili`s statement was published on the government`s website today.
NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia has reviewed the situation in Ukraine - James Appathurai answered the questions of Rustavi2 journalist today.
Despite the escalation of military operations in Ukraine, the country`s government says no state of emergency will be imposed. The administration of the President of Ukraine has defined that in case the state of emergency is declared, Ukraine`s government will no longer be able to accept military assistance from any other nation.
The Georgian Prime Minister says the government of Georgia is expecting adequate response from the NATO member nations at the upcoming summit in Wales. According to Irakli Gharibashvili, the government worked hard during the past two years to achieve maximum effect and therefore, they expect adequate response to the work done.
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