TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan is continuing work to end its status as the only post-Soviet country that requires travelling citizens to obtain exit visas, CA-News.org reported Tuesday (August 8), quoting the Foreign Ministry.
Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov Monday (August 7) convened an inter-agency meeting to hear about progress made on issues that came up during his July 5 dialogue with Uzbekistani citizens.
Several steps to eliminate exit visas are in the process of inter-agency reconciliation, according to officials who gave presentations. They include ending the requirement to have a sticker in the passport giving a citizen permission to travel abroad and gradually introducing passports that serve solely as travel documents, and not also as domestic ID documents.
Exit visas have become a lucrative source of bribes for Uzbekistani passport and visa officials. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in July signed an order to government officials to form a plan within one month for reforming the country's passports.
The Russian Ministry of Defence attempted to pass off images from a video game as 'proof' the US military was aiding militants. Social media users debunked Moscow's claims.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.