Georgian president says realistic, ambitious about joining EU, NATO

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-08 00:36:19|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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VILNIUS, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili said on Thursday that his country is realistic and ambitious as regards to the aspirations to become a member of the European Union and NATO during her official visit to Lithuania.

"Georgia does not feel any fatigue and continues all reforms necessary for the membership (in the EU and NATO). At the same time we are both realistic and ambitious," Zourabichvili said at a joint press conference with her Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite.

According to the Georgian president, it is understandable that currently the EU and NATO are facing certain challenges, however "Georgia will not slow down".

The two leaders' meeting focused on bilateral relations, Georgia's cooperation with the EU and NATO, the security situation in the Black Sea region and reinforcement of response to cyber threats, Lithuania's presidency said in a statement.

"Georgia had made huge progress and was deservedly considered as the leader in Eastern Partnership. The EU association and free trade agreements are working successfully, the free visa regime is in place and reforms that are greatly important for Georgia's national development are well underway," Grybauskaite was quoted as saying in the statement.

She urged Georgia to maintain the rapid pace of the reform process and underscored Lithuania's support to Georgia's goal to join NATO.

The Georgian president's visit to Lithuania is one of the first foreign trips made by the newly elected president of Georgia.