A congratulatory letter by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen dated by 28 November was published on Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili's official Facebook page on 13 December. In his letter, NATO Secretary General congratulated PM Garibashvili on appointment as Prime Minister of Georgia.
Rasmussen described Georgia as a "unique and important" partner of NATO, as a country that "aspires for NATO membership" and as the "largest non-NATO contributor to the ISAF operation in Afghanistan."
"The recent presidential elections in Georgia, following the parliamentary elections last year, have further strengthened Georgia's democratic credentials, and have allowed Georgia to take a concrete step towards meeting Euro-Atlantic standards," NATO Secretary General wrote "Allies look forward to working with you and your government through the NATO-Georgia Commission and the Annual National Programme to further reforms in your country. I am confident that your leadership will contribute to continuing the steady progress Georgia has shown in its reforms over the past years, as well as furthering cooperation between the government and the opposition. Such cooperation is necessary to achieve the country's ambitious goals, including Euro-Atlantic integration, and is also of benefit to the Georgian people...Once again, I extend my congratulations to you and my best wishes for a successful term in office. I look forward to welcoming you to NATO Headquarters in the near future," the letter reads.