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Georgia Making Progress Toward NATO Membership, Rasmussen Says

November 09, 2011

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Georgia is making progress toward joining the alliance.

“Georgia has come a lot closer,” Rasmussen said today in the capital, Tbilisi. “Further reforms will be Georgia’s ticket to membership and NATO is here to help.”

Georgia is seeking to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and contributes to the international force led by the alliance in Afghanistan. NATO opened a liaison office in Georgia last year.

Rasmussen, who took charge in 2009, is on a two-day visit to the Caucasus nation and will meet President Mikheil Saakashvili tomorrow.

--Editors: Andrew Langley, Zoe Schneeweiss

To contact the reporter on this story: Helena Bedwell in Tbilisi at

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