Georgian Prime Minister at Munich Security Conference

The Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhatze is currently attending the 55th Munich Security Conference and is strengthening bilateral partnerships with several countries. The Munich Security Conference is an annual gathering of officials of the international security community. The main target is to sustain a continuous, curated and informal dialogue within the international community.

During his attendance, the Georgian Prime Minister already held several meetings with high-ranking officials of the US, UK and Belgium. Discussed topics were how to continue in strategic partnerships, further cooperation plans and the general progress of bilateral ties.

In meetings with officials of the UK and Belgium, the positive dynamics of trade and economic relations between Georgia and the two countries were emphasized and an further intensification of trade ties focused.

Another topic discussed was the regional conflicts in Georgia and their peaceful resolution. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, and Mamuka Bakhtadze set priorities to create international mechanisms of security in the occupied regions. The format of the Geneva International Discussions was asked to be continued and even strengthened. FM Reynders reaffirmed that Belgium supports Georgia´s territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.

Besides these highly offical meetings, the Georgian Prime Minister spoke about Georgia´s expectations towards a possible NATO membership by holding a speech at a round table devoted to alliance enlargement prospects hosted by the Munich Security Conference. He pointed out that NATO membership remains the top priority of Georgia's foreign policy.

"A further NATO enlargement is the best option for increased security and peace in Europe and Georgia is ready to continue its efforts and provide a very solid basis for this," he said, going on to express hope that with allies, partners and friends, Georgia will find ways to overcome the challenges and advance on its way to NATO membership.

By Lisa Maier

Photo Source: PM´s office

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