Appathurai: Wales summit to lead to even more NATO presence in Georgia

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"I've come because I have been assigned by the [NATO] Secretary General to work with the Georgian government to fill the package that was opened by the foreign ministers meeting," James Appathurai, the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, told journalists after meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze in Tbilisi on July 9.

James Appathurai also met with Defense Minister Irakli Alasania to discuss an individual package which NATO offered Georgia. According to Irakli Alasania, "this package consists of number of elements. With these proposals Georgia will be more protected and secure, and it will be a step forwards for Georgia's membership in NATO. Everything is being done in order to make Georgia a NATO member state in the nearest future."

"I am quite confident that what we will see at the [Wales] summit are decisions that will lead to even more NATO presence in Georgia, that will lead to even more Georgian presence in NATO's discussions, in NATO's programs and activities and that will continue to move Georgia forward along the path that was decided in Bucharest," Appathurai said, referring to 2008 Bucharest summit decision that Georgia will join the Alliance sometime in the future.

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