On Wednesday 21st April members of the NKTA’s sister organisation, the Kutaisi Newport International Association, held a meeting with HE Mark Clayton the British Ambassador to Georgia. The meeting was held at the request of the Ambassador and it was his first meeting with the KNIA since his appointment in 2021.

HE Ambassador Mark Clayton – UK Ambassador to Georgia

The meeting was held at Kutaisi’s Ghone Kveknisa Primary school, the school linked with Lodge Hill Primary School, Caerleon.  Numbers were kept to a minimum due to current Covid restrictions.

KNIA Chair David Megrelishvili introduced Association members to the Ambassador.  He then outlined the history of the Twinning and the contribution it has made to the close friendship and practical co-operation between the two cities and between Georgia and Wales.

The Ambassador was impressed and expressed his readiness to support and strengthen what he described as a truly outstanding example of international civic partnership. He said it was essential that young people from the two cities should be encouraged to get involved and was pleased to hear of the links already formed between Kutaisi and Newport schools and at college and university level.

Manana Djulakidze, the owner of Ghone Kveknisa School, generously provided meals for everyone present and the    Ambassador stayed for informal discussions far longer than had been anticipated.

Present: HE Ambassador Mark Clayton, KNIA Chair David Megrelishvili, Professor Dr. Mamuka Mukadze, University Lecturers: Maia Alavidze, Nino Nijaradze & Tamara Kobeshavidze, Director of The Bridge Autism Centre for Young People, Lika Mkhatvari, Director of Kutaisi Vocational College – Tamara Zakarashvili, and host Manana Djulakidze

Please note (NKTA)

As the NKTA is unable to hold  face-to-face meetings at present the executive is exploring the possibility of organising online meetings.  Members will be  kept informed.       

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