Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia's Prime Minister and Georgian Dream coalition leader, speaks during a ceremony to present new government member nominees at his office in Tbilisi, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
Georgia tycoon says confident ex-Soviet state can join NATO soon
Posted : Tuesday, 09 October 2012 06:10AM
TBILISI (Reuters) - The Georgian tycoon whose opposition coalition won a parliamentary election expressed confidence on Tuesday that the former Soviet republic would be able to join NATO soon, emphasising relations with the West are a paramount priority.
"We are striving toward Europe and Georgia will definitely be able to become a member of NATO soon," Bidzina Ivanishvili, who intends to become prime minister once parliament convenes, said after a meeting with President Mikheil Saakashvili.
(Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Steve Gutterman)
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