"Today, most of our citizens can neither speak nor write Georgian, which is very painful and, of course, an urgent problem," Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said at the presentation of the 10-year action plan of the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Report's local bureau informs.
According to him, a main task now is that all Georgian citizens speak Georgian fluently by 2030: "I see successful parliamentarians here who are ethnic Azerbaijanis and who are fluent in Georgian. I want to see more successful young people as ministers, deputy ministers, and other high positions. However, it demands that all our citizens learn the Georgian language."
Garibashvili noted that they have repeatedly talked with Azerbaijani and Armenian compatriots about learning the Georgian language: "Each of them is ready for concrete steps to be taken by the state in this direction. We must create all the tools needed to achieve this goal. Access of ethnic minorities to education and health care, their active involvement in the socio-economic projects and the country's political life will be a strong guarantee for our robust future."