Such a dialogue would amount to a first, tentative acknowledgement of Georgia's membership prospects.
Georgia follows an Individual Partnership Action Plan, which guides reforms but does not commit NATO to offering membership.
A NATO official told RFE/RL today that most allies, led by the United States, support closer cooperation with Georgia.
The NATO official says there is no timetable for Georgia's progress, but said a NATO summit in Riga in November could be a milestone in Tbilisi's quest for a full Membership Action Plan (MAP). A MAP outlines concrete measures needed to prepare an applicant country for NATO membership.