Georgia president reaches out to top party

Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

TBILISI, Georgia, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Georgia's president invited the leader of the coalition called Georgian Dream to work together for the country's integration into the European Union.

Mikheil Saakashvili met this week with Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of the coalition, which won the country's parliamentary election, to discuss the prospects of Georgia joining the EU and NATO, RIA Novosti reported.

"We now have a historic chance to move forward along the path of integration. In December, NATO [defense] ministers will meet and probably make new decisions," Saakashvili said Friday.

"I have already told the new prime minister that joint efforts today are needed like never before," Saakashvili said, referring to Ivanishvili.

Ivanishvili said he and the president had similar views on Georgia's situation concerning NATO and the European Union.

"Our strategy is European and Euro-Atlantic integration," Ivanishvili said.

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