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Estonia Would Like to See the Next Concrete Steps in Georgia’s Integration With NATO and European Union

24.05.2013

No 172-E

When meeting with Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Alasania in Tallinn today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia supports forward movement in Georgia’s relations with NATO and the European Union. “We feel that progress in Georgia-NATO relations is essential. We also support the conclusion of association and free trade agreements between the European Union and Georgia and further steps being taken in the visa waiver action plan,” he said.

At the meeting, Foreign Minister Paet expressed his satisfaction over the fact that a concrete desire to integrate with Euro-Atlantic structures is prevalent in Georgian society. “However, in order for this to happen, it is essential for our previous successful co-operation to continue,” Paet emphasised. The foreign minister also confirmed that Estonia, for its part, will continue to support Georgia through both practical co-operation and political support. “Georgia continues to be one of Estonia’s development co-operation priority partners,” he stated.

According to the foreign minister, Estonia highly values Georgia’s contribution to ensuring international security. “We highly value Georgia’s contribution to the Afghanistan mission,” Paet said. The Georgian government has also had good co-operation with the European Union and good relations with international and intergovernmental organisations. “Open communication and transparency are extremely important and also help to keep reforms going,” Paet said.

During their meeting, the ministers talked about Estonia-Georgia bilateral relations and acknowledged that they are good and close.

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