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Indian foreign minister pays historic visit to Georgia

ndian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is paying his first official visit to Georgia on July 9-10.

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani has welcomed his Indian counterpart at Tbilisi International Airport.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has handed over Zalkaliani the relics of St. Queen Ketevan of Georgia ‘for the Government and people of Georgia’.

FM Jaishankar will discuss the bilateral relations, as well as exchange views on issues of regional and global interest with his Georgian counterpart tomorrow.

He will also unveil the newly installed statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Tbilisi.

For the hundreds of Indian students, pursuing their medical degrees at the various universities in Georgia, the visit of FM Jaishankar is the last hope to solve the problem with the travel back to Georgia. 

They are unable to finish their university studies due to the travel restrictions.

A number of them, who are ‘stuck in India’ amid the coronavirus pandemic, have been approaching Agenda.ge for a couple of months asking for the help, they worry to fail the university semester.

Ministry of India and also Georgian ministry of external affairs have granted us permission to complete our studies for this semester remotely. But sadly our university is not allowing us to complete it online instead they are urging us to reach their before August otherwise we will be failed for this particular semester.”, Riya Shah says in a message to Agenda.ge.

Shah also says that the Indian students need a charter flight to be arranged for them enabling to travel back to Georgia to complete their studies.

Hundreds of students like me are stuck here and nobody is responding us. I please request you to take this issue into limelight and provide us with your utmost help. Please help us in reaching to Georgia before August starts or else we will be failed for our entire semester”, the message reads.

The Indian foreign ministry reports that the visit of the Indian FM Jaishankar aims to further strengthen ‘the close and cordial relations’ between India and Georgia.

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