Within NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, Defense Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili met with his Romanian counterpart Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Intensification of bilateral defense cooperation, strengthen security in the Black Sea region and Georgia’s prospects to NATO membership were the topics of discussion at the meeting.
Irakli Garibashvili expressed gratitude to his counterpart for sustained and unwavering support of Romanian government towards Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. As he stated, Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations, approach of strategic readiness and ongoing reforms in order to strengthen Georgia’s defense capabilities, ensures high level of interoperability and prepares Georgia for NATO membership.
Romania’s assistance to SNGP implementation was valued at the meeting. Ministers agreed to carry out strategic level visits in Romania and Georgia in the nearest future.
Defense Minister of Georgia holds meetings with his foreign counterparts in Brussels in parallel of NATO Defense Ministerial. Within the visit Irakli Garibashvili had already met with Lithuanian counterpart. Meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, his deputy Mircea Geoana and with his counterparts from Estonia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and France are scheduled to be held as well. Irakli Garibashvili will also attend the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Resolute support Operational Partner Nations and Potential Operational Partner Nations.