Akhalaia: Rasmussen's visit to Tbilisi is related to integration into NATO
According to the Minister of Defence of Georgia Bacho Akhalaia, during upcoming visit to Sakartvelo, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will discuss several issues related to Georgian integration into NATO. As reported by "Georgia-News", Akhalaia said this, speaking at a conference on security and defense, in Tbilisi. It lasts in October from 27 to 28.
Akhalaia said that Anders Fogh Rasmussen's visit and a meeting of the main governing body of NATO - North Atlantic Council at the level of ambassadors of the alliance members are scheduled for November 9 and 10.
"Georgia has close relations with NATO on the basis of the main tasks of the state - one of the most important is integration into the Organization", said the head of Georgian Defense Ministry.
"During the visit, NATO Secretary General to Georgia will discuss the upcoming NATO summit in May 2012 in Chicago and joint peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan and plans related to our development and eventual integration into NATO", added Akhalaia.
Recall, currently, another high-ranking representative of the North Atlantic Alliance - NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for South Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai is on a visit to Sakartvelo.
As part of this trip, Appathurai meets with Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri, National Security Council Secretary Georgi Bokeria, Minister of State for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Giorgi Baramidze, and the head of the Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.
As Appathurai explained journalists upon arrival at Tbilisi airport, chief purpose of current trip - is preparation to a visit of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Georgia. "We will determine the range of issues to be discussed during the meetings in Tbilisi", he added and recalled that the visit of NATO Secretary General is scheduled for November 7 and 8.