October 5, 2022

In a first by an Indian External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar visits Georgia

New Delhi, ​External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar is paying an official visit to Georgia on July 9-10 at the invitation of the Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Georgia David Zalkaliani, and this will be the first visit of an Indian External Affairs Minister to independent Georgia.

During the visit, the External Affairs Minister will have bilateral meeting with his counterpart covering various aspects of bilateral relations as well as exchange views on issues of regional and global interest. He is also expected to call on other dignitaries during the visit.

Dr. Jaishankar will be handing over the Holy Relic of St. Queen Ketevan of Georgia to the Government and people of Georgia. He will also unveil the newly installed statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the city of Tbilisi.

​The visit would further strengthen the close and cordial relations between India and Georgia.

Georgia–India relations have significance with the fact that the Embassy of India in Yerevan, Armenia is concurrently accredited to Georgia. Georgia too maintains an embassy in New Delhi. Relations between Georgia and India date back to ancient times. The Panchatantra influenced Georgian folk legends. During the medieval period, Georgian missionaries, travelers, and traders visited India. 

India was among the first countries to officially recognise Georgia, doing so on December 26, 1991. Diplomatic relations were established between the two nations on September 28, 1992. Georgian Foreign Minister Irakli Menagarishvili visited New Delhi in May 2000. This was the first diplomatic visit between the two countries since Georgia’s Independence. Menagarishvili held bilateral discussions with the then Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh on May 11, 2000.

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