Minister: Azerbaijanis who don't know Georgian should not be ostracized (UPDATE)
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Georgia , Batumi , Aug.29 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
Georgian State Minister for Reintegration Eka Tkeshelashvili said Azerbaijanis who do not know Georgian should not be isolated from society.
The Georgian government is interested in actively protecting ethnic minorities and their rights, she said at a roundtable discussion titled "Integrating Azerbaijani residents of Georgia into the local community in the context of Azerbaijani-Georgian strategic partnership" in Batumi on Monday.
The event is being held as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for the restoration of Azerbaijan's independence.
"Georgia provides a full integration of the ethnic minorities. Regardless of the ethnicity, all Georgian citizens should be integrated into society," she added.
She said Georgia works to preserve the individual characteristics of national minorities.
"Georgian education looks to guarantee the preservation of differences. Work is underway to teach Georgian to Azerbaijanis. They should not be isolated from society because of their ignorance of the state language. Universities have quotas for Azerbaijanis. Before graduating universities, Azerbaijanis are trained in the Georgian language," Tkeshelashvili said.
Thesheloshvili noted that the state is interested in preserving the traditions and customs of Azerbaijanis.
Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov, Chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Diaspora Nazim Ibrahimov, Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova, MPs Ganira Pashayeva, Musa Gasimov, Gular Ahmedova, Georgian State Minister for Diaspora Affairs Mirza Davitaia and Azerbaijani Consul General to Batumi Husein Najafov attend the roundtable.