Appathurai opens first day of NATO Week in Tbilisi
The first working day of the NATO Week was opened by the Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia in Tbilisi today. James Appathurai was one of the major rapporteurs at the international conference.
The special representative of the secretary general along with the conference has been holding meetings with representatives of teh government and the civil sector.
At first he held talks with Georgia`s vice Prime Minister Giorgi Bramidze, later he met the foreign minister of Georgia Grigol Vashadze.
"We`ve had a wonderful meeting. First of all we expressed our gratitude because the Chicago summit was a step forward for us. I`d like to remind you that at the Chicago summit we had several very significant outcomes - first and foremost Georgia was the only country, which participated in all frameworks at the Chicago Summit. As for teh final document, everything we were interested in and needed, was included in it", Mr. Vashadze said.
"Of course I agree with the assessment of the minister about what happened in Chicago. It`s a good step forward for the country but one of the points that I wanted to make was that Georgia was represented as one of the core partners of thirteen. And that meeting was not about Georgia`s aspirations to join NATO it was about wider security, regional security and what we want to do together. This is a transformation in a way Georgia is seen in NATO in the role that it`s playing as a partner of NATO", Appathurai said.