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Israeli parliament ratifies visa-free agreement with Belarus

MINSK (BelTA) – The Parliament of Israel ratified an agreement on visa-free trips between Israel and Belarus on 9 December, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Belarus Yosef Shagal told BelTA at the event to mark the 100th anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

According to the Ambassador, despite the fact that the Israeli parliament (Knesset) dissolved itself on Monday, 8 December, it commissions keep working until Thursday inclusively. The Belarusian-Israeli no-visa agreement was ratified at the meeting of one of the commissions on 9 December. In his words, on Sunday, 14 December, the issue will considered by the Israeli government.

“As soon as the Belarusian parliament ratifies the document, we will exchange the corresponding notes, and in 90 days Belarusian and Israeli holders of national passports will be able to visit each other on a visa-free basis,” the Ambassador said. “We are waiting for the Belarusian ratification of the agreement,” he added.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world's leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. The organization was founded in 1914 to provide assistance to the Jews suffered in WWI. Today JDC works in more than 70 countries, including in Belarus since 1995.