Uzbek Foreign Minister hosts delegation of World Congress of Bukharian Jews

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- On 13 February 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received the delegation of the World Congress of Bukharian Jews (WCBJ), led by its President Lev Leviev.

The delegation includes President of the Congress of Bukharian Jews of the USA and Canada Boris Kandov, the President of the Congress of Bukharian Jews of Russia Yakov Leviev and others, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

The state and prospects of relations between Uzbekistan and WCBJ were discussed during the conversation held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As noted at the meeting, the interaction between our people has a long history, which began many centuries ago, when Jewish communities came to the present Uzbekistan. Over the centuries, Bukharian Jews lived in peace and harmony, acquired their homeland in the Uzbek land.

Uzbekistan appreciates the fact that people from Uzbekistan living in Israel, the United States and other countries do not lose ties with our country, maintaining a sincere and deep respect for Uzbekistan people, contribute to the consistent strengthening of mutually beneficial cooperation and the expansion of relations for the benefit of our people.

The WCBJ delegation expressed gratitude and highly commended the adoption of the Decree of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev allowing up to 30 days visa-free entry into Uzbekistan for the Israeli citizens, with natives of Uzbekistan that are over 100 thousand people.

Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed at the meeting.

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