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1st NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum held in Tbilisi

NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum held in Tbilisi

On 4-5 April 2016 took place 1st NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum in Tbilisi, a flagship event supported also by the Embassy of Romania, as NATO Contact Point Embassy in Georgia.

Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, David Bakradze and NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Ted Whiteside opened the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum which marked the opening of the 2016 NATO Week in Georgia. President of Georgia, Minister of Defence were among key-speakers of the Forum. The Romanian expert Viorel Mihaila presented a speech on the role of strategic communication and soft power tools in the era of extremism and violence.

Representatives of executive and legislative branches of the government, public diplomacy and government agencies working on the strategic communication, representatives of the PDD NATO, EEAS/EU, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, US and Ukraine, Diplomatic Corps and other guests participated in the forum.

In his speech, Prime Minister of Georgia expressed gratitude to all supporting Georgia's aspiration towards the European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The Prime Minister stressed that Georgia expects a strong message at the NATO Summit in Warsaw. "We do what it takes in order to maintain the positive integration dynamic and to further enrich the context of NATO-Georgia relations. Georgia demonstrates a progress and delivers tangible upshots in this direction. Georgia, the aspirant country, attributes a high significance to further strengthening ties with the North-Atlantic Alliance and adheres to important commitments, such as participation in the NATO Response Force and NATO led missions. In the process of coming closer to NATO, Georgia expects a substantial progress at the NATO Summit in Warsaw in both, the political and practical terms" – stated Georgian Prime Minister. Kvirikashvili expressed hope that the forum will contribute to expanding public diplomacy networks, to sharing experience and information; elaborating joint strategies and approaches together with the NATO Member States.

At the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum it was announced opening of NATO Week 2016. The NATO Week activities are organized within 4-19 April 2016 by the Information Center on NATO and the EU, coordinated by the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, and co-financed by the Ministry of Defence, the Embassy of Romania, as NATO Contact Point Embassy and NATO Public Diplomacy Division. It is the 9th NATO Week in Georgia.

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