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Tbilisi Hosts Georgian Emigre Forum

About 140 Georgian emigres from 40 countries gathered at a state-sponsored forum which opened in Tbilisi on May 27.

The forum is an attempt “to restore the bridge between us and our compatriots abroad, which is a huge asset for us,” Gia Kheviashvili, the minister of refugees and resettlement said.

The forum was attended by President Saakashvili and the head of the Tbilisi-loyal South Ossetian provisional administration, Dimitri Sanakoev.
The authorities presented a draft action plan on emigre matters. “The plan involves measures the government should undertake in order to consolidate our compatriots abroad,” Minister Kheviashvili said.

A new website,, was also presented at the forum.

The government has initiated 2007 as the “Year of the Georgian Diaspora.” The largest Georgian communities are in Russia, Turkey and Iran.

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