NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commented on the decision of the ruling party in Georgia to withdraw the bill "On transparency of foreign influence" from the country's parliament.
"I welcome the decision of the Parliament of Georgia to withdraw the bill on foreign agents and influence, as it is incompatible with Euro-Atlantic values and the protection of fundamental freedoms. So I welcome that the initiative was withdrawn and the parliament did not support it. I urge Georgia's political leaders to work together on the necessary reforms, and of course NATO is also working with the Georgian government to implement these reforms, strengthen democratic institutions, strengthen democratic control over the security services, and fight corruption. The Georgian people have clearly said that they want the democratic prosperity of Georgia and its integration into the Euro-Atlantic region. NATO continues to be a partner in these aspirations," Jens Stoltenberg noted.
The day before, the NATO Secretary General submitted his annual report for 2022. According to the Public Broadcaster, Stoltenberg commented on the events in Georgia while answering journalists' questions.