North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'strongly' committed to Georgia's security

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'strongly' committed to Georgia's security

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'strongly' committed to Georgia's security

"Partnership with Georgia is of great importance to NATO" - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said following his meeting with Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. "Our forces must be able to move more quickly and easily".

Stoltenberg said Wednesday that NATO was backing Georgia's "successful efforts to modernize its armed forces", which have operated under NATO command in Afghanistan, and would take part in a 2019 NATO-Georgia joint military exercise.

The senior state department official said Tillerson will reinforce President Trump's central message of "shared responsibility" in Europe and the global agenda that includes North Korea, Syria and issues related to Russian Federation.

The foreign ministers will also consider making it easier to transfer troops between European Union countries.

Turning to the issue of North Korea, the NATO Secretary General pointed out that the recent launch of the Intercontinental ballistic missiles showed that the missiles "can hit all allies".

"Secretary Tillerson has played a key role, both in sending the message of deterrence, the unity and the resolve of the whole alliance, but also when it comes to the need for continuing to work for a peaceful solution", Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels.

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Meanwhile, Tillerson hailed what he called "a productive discussion" with Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.

"We will assess our training and capacity building support for partners like Iraq and Jordan", he added. More than 95 percent of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been liberated.

The NATO chief's comments came ahead of a NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels on the sidelines of the foreign ministers' summit.

Trump, whose former aides are being investigated after accusations that Putin influenced the election that brought him to the White House, has repeatedly emphasized that it would be better if Russian Federation and the United States could work together.

Stoltenberg said the alliance partnership with Georgia is outstanding.

The secretary general stated that the implementation of the NATO-Georgia Substantial Package was marking "impressive progress". "In fact, they are the largest per capita of any contributing nation, and we strongly support Georgia's aspirations to become a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member", the USA secretary of state told reporters.

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