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Meeting of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) with National Security Adviser to the President of Georgia and Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia David Rakviashvili focused on security issues, with an emphasis on Georgia’s membership status in NATO and the European Union.

Chairman of the National Defence Committee Hannes Hanso said that Estonia had always supported Georgia’s integration with NATO. He encouraged the Georgians that although transfer from its current status of a NATO partner country to membership status may take more time than expected, the country was moving in the right direction. “The reforms that are being carried out contribute not only to achieving the NATO member status, but to the development of the country as a whole. Continuing with them is of key importance,” Hanso said.

Hanso emphasised that keeping in mind the NATO membership, it was important to continue firmly on the reform course and to consider the volume of defence investments when planning defence spending.

Member of the Committee Marianne Mikko said that Georgia had made remarkable progress and contributed to joining NATO. Mikko remarked that almost all Member States of the European Union were also members of NATO, therefore it was as important for Georgia to do homework in the EU direction.

David Rakviashvili thanked Estonia for supporting Georgia in striving for NATO membership, and assured that the country continued to be ready to contribute to increasing NATO’s capabilities in the Black Sea region. NATO made the decision to start accession negotiations with Georgia in 2008.

Georgia’s approaching to the European Union, relations with Turkey and Russia, and the activities of the United States during the new administration were also discussed at the meeting.

Members of the National Defence Committee Oudekki Loone, Marianne Mikko, Ants Laaneots, Johannes Kert and Tiit Terik, and Ambassador of Georgia in Estonia Tea Akhvledian also attended the meeting. Tomorrow David Rakviashvili will meet with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu.

Photos of the meeting.

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