Georgian president grants nearly 1000 Turkish residents citizenship

Georgia Materials 18 September 2013 14:17 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, September 18/Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/

Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili gave Turkish citizens who are Georgian by origin, a certificate of Georgian citizenship. Saakashvili's meeting with the Turkish citizens was held at Turkish Samsun Airport where the Georgian president's plane landed.

The Georgian president granted about 936 ethnic Georgians from Turkey Georgian citizenship and following this he brought forward passports for them by himself.

"I visited Turkey and here I was welcomed by Georgia. You are Georgia." he said.
Saakashvili also noted that his presidential term expires but he is not going to leave the politics.

"We should together think about Georgia's reconnaissance. If you want our homeland to be revived, know the Georgian language and have such a wish, then you are given such chance," he stated.

Presidential elections in Georgia will be held on October 27.