10 Jul 2018 10:14

Georgian president leaves Ankara for Brussels to attend NATO summit

TBILISI. July 10 (Interfax) - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili left Ankara on Tuesday after attending the inauguration of Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan and headed for Brussels to participate in a NATO summit on July 11-12.

Turkish officials in Ankara assured Margvelashvili of their firm support for Georgia's accession to NATO, the Georgian presidential administration said in a statement.

Ways to heighten Georgia's defense capacities will be discussed at meetings on the sidelines of the NATO summit, the administration said.

"A high-level meeting involving the heads of state will be held for the first time in the history of Georgia-NATO relations. Challenges to Georgia's security, its defense capacities, and enhancement of NATO-Georgia cooperation in this context will be discussed," the administration said.

Margvelashvili will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on July 12.