The Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, arrived in Tbilisi on Wednesday (26 August) at the start of a two-day official visit to Georgia. Stoltenberg was met at Tbilisi airport by Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili. During his visit Stoltenbberg is expected to meet senior Georgian officials, and visit Georgian soldiers who have served on NATO missions
The visit is seen as an expression of solidarity by the NATO alliance with Georgia, and comes as Georgian officials continue to voice hope that NATO takes further steps to prepare for Georgian membership of the alliance during its forthcoming summit in Warsaw in 2016.
photo: Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on his arrivasl in Tbilisi on Wednesday, 26 August 2015. (picture courtesy of the Press Office of NATO).
First Vice-President Aliyeva noted that Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between the civilizations of the East and West, and is one of the few countries that are a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The transfer of the body of Tatunashvili back to Georgian jurisdiction was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is now expected that the Georgian authorities will hold an autopsy on the body to ascertain the cause of death.