Georgia’s Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani took part in the conference – “NATO engages: Innovating the Alliance” held on the sidelines of the NATO Leaders Meeting to commemorate 70th anniversary of the organization.
Alongside Georgia’s Foreign Minister, discussion panel – “From the Baltic to the Black Sea: Security on NATO’s Frontlines” was attended by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, and Defense Ministers of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania.
In his address to the participants of the conference, David zalkaliani noted that as a result of successful reforms, Georgia is NATO’s leading partner and outstanding aspirant country and with a view to eventual membership, it intends to continue close and active cooperation with the NATO using all the existing formats.
At the same time, David Zalkaliani touched upon the security situation in the Black Sea region and highlighted the issues related to Russia’s destructive policy and the occupation of Georgia’s territories. Speaking at the conference, the Foreign Minister underlined grave human rights situation in and around occupied territories mentioning the illegal detention and imprisonment of Georgian Doctor, Vaja Gaprindashvili.
In his summarizing comment, when asked about the message to NATO for the next decade, Minister Zalkaliani responded – “please, keep Georgia on your mind”.
In the framework of the visit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia met with the UK’s Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Christopher Pincher and participated in a NATO foreign ministerial meeting hosted by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Raab.