Then Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels Nov. 14, 2012. (Official photo.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen writes in his latest annual report that Georgia has made good progress in implementing the reforms required to meet its standards.

Rasmussen writes in his 2013 report, which was published on Monday, that NATO maintains a close relationship with four partner countries that are aspiring to join the alliance: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Georgia, where good progress has been made in implementing reforms, ‘even if further progress is required for these countries to achieve their membership aspirations.’

The report says specific areas of work for Georgia includes continuing the progress toward civilian and military reform goals as set out in the Annual National Program in Georgia.

In his report, the Secretary General also recalls that Georgia has pledged to make its own forces available for the NATO Response Force in 2015.