Defense Ministry: Georgia will demand granting MAP at the NATO’s 2016 Summit
NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) for Georgia at the Warsaw Summit 2016 will be a priority topic in the negotiations with the Alliance and its members, declared the Ministry of Defense of Georgia.
Tina Khidasheli met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on June 1, in Brussels. The Defense Ministry of Georgia in its press release stated that “the main topic of conversation” during the meeting was NATO summit in Warsaw, which will be held on July 8-9, 2016.
“Georgia will demand Membership Action Plan on the Warsaw Summit – Defense Minister starts the meetings with the leaders of the Alliance and partners with this agenda,“ – noted the Ministry of Defense in its press release.
Minister Khidasheli told reporters in Brussels, on June 1, that the “Warsaw summit will be the main topic at all my meetings starting from today to July 9 next year.”
“Our position is well known – we request Georgia relations with NATO to advance to the new stage”, – she noted, “These talks have been started and let’s see how far we get. I am going to Paris after one week, then in several other European countries and for the October’s ministerial we will have some initial results”.
In September 2014, on NATO Summit in Wales, Georgia was again left without MAP. As a compensation, Alliance offered Georgia the “substantial package” of cooperation, which among other things includes establishment of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center. The Center is expected to start functioning at the end of this year.