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Georgia to become NATO member: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the ex-Soviet republic, currently mired in conflict with Russia, will join NATO.

world Updated: Aug 17, 2008 21:07 IST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday in the Georgian capital that the ex-Soviet republic, currently mired in conflict with Russia, will join NATO.

"Georgia will become a member of NATO if it wants to -- and it does want to," she said before talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi.