NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the partnership between the alliance and Afghanistan is very strong and that the NATO forces are working shoulder to shoulder with the Afghan security forces for peace in the country.
The Secretary General touched upon the NATO-Russia relations as well, saying the Foreign Ministers agreed that the approach to Russia "decided at the Warsaw Summit in 2016 - defense and dialogue - has been effective".
The NATO chief's comments came ahead of a NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels on the sidelines of the foreign ministers' summit. Russian Federation continued to support the two rebel administrations throughout the 1990s and early 2000s as intermittent clashes between Georgia and separatists worsened. Such moves have been viewed by Russian Federation as an expansionist project led by the US, whose top diplomat also appeared at the meeting.
Stoltenberg said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ministers also discussed Georgia's "successful efforts to modernize its armed forces" and that the alliance is "fully committed" to providing Tbilisi with the advice and tools needed to move toward eventual membership.
We will remind, recently the representatives of Ukraine and the Alliance discussed the program of NATO - Ukraine to study the experience of hybrid warfare in Ukraine.
"We are strengthening our collective defense while remaining open to dialogue", Stoltenberg noted.
Stoltenberg cited work in other areas of cooperation, such as energy security, explosive-ordnance disposal, cyberdefense, intelligence, secure communications, and promoting the role of women serving in the Georgian armed forces.
New agreements were reached with the European Union regarding increased military mobility, strengthened information exchange in counter-terrorism operations and coordinated support for partner countries, and more promotion of women's role in peace and security.
Earlier in the day, Ministers reaffirmed their practical and political support for Georgia as well as their commitment to Georgia's eventual membership of the Alliance.