On September 27, 2019, the Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of India held the official Reception dedicated to the Independence Day and the 101st Anniversary of the Foundation of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia, at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. The event was attended by the members of diplomatic corps accredited to India, representatives of the Government of India, business, culture and education spheres, the Georgian Honorary Consuls in Mumbai, Bangladesh and Maldives, representatives of the Georgian educational institutions and travel agencies.
Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism & Culture had graced the event as the Chief Guest of the Reception.
H.E. Mr. Archil Dzuliashvili, Ambassador of Georgia and the Chief Guest welcomed the gathered audience. The Ambassador congratulated the Minister and the guests on the World Tourism Day and underlined the importance of tourism in raising the awareness and strengthening the ties between the nations.
While speaking about the tragic events, the Fall of Sokhumi 26 years ago (September 27, 1993) in the hands of the occupying forces, which forced many Georgians to flee their homes, Ambassador stressed that Georgia stands firm in its position of territorial integrity and has achieved remarkable progress in terms of democratic transformation, sustainable development and prosperity. Without doubt, territorial integrity of Georgia will be restored and all Internally Displaced Persons will return to their homes in a safe and dignified manner.
The Ambassador expressed his gratitude for the support of the Indian government towards territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. He also spoke about the positive dynamics between India and Georgia, which are based on centuries-old relations, shared values and mutual willingness to achieve even higher levels of partnership.
In conclusion, the Ambassador congratulated the Minister and the guests from the Government of India on the successful conduct of another election, which was rightly called the “Festival of Democracy”.
A trio of singers from Georgia participated in the Reception, performing Indian and Georgian popular songs. Video clips about the regions, culture, traditions and historical monuments of Georgia were also presented to the guests. The reception featured Georgian wines and other beverages, as well as traditional Georgian dishes.