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India-Georgia: Charting a new course in bilateral relations.
Jul 19, 2021

India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar recently paid a successful visit to Georgia. Notably, this was the first official visit by an Indian Foreign Minister to Tbilisi since Georgia’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The highlight of the trip was India returning the relics of Georgia’s revered holy martyr Queen Ketevan. These relics had been appropriated by the Portuguese and sent to Goa during their occupation of the Indian coastal state and preserved in Goa’s St. Augustine Tower.
 
India-Georgia relations today are modest at best. India does not have a diplomatic outpost in Tbilisi with the Indian Embassy in Armenia being concurrently accredited to oversee ties with Georgia. Bilateral exchanges have been few and far between. Similarly, bilateral trade stood at a paltry US$ 186 million during 2020-21.
 
Nevertheless, India and Georgia have a history of collaboration at multilateral fora. This includes Georgia’s support to India’s successful candidature of non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
    

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