2017-09-28 10:04:00

Uzbek leader plans to meet with Patriarch Kirill

Tashkent, September 28, Interfax - Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will meet with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who will visit the republic on September 29, Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry's press service said in a statement.

"The program of the visit by the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church includes meetings in Uzbekistani state structures and with the administration of the country's Directorate of Muslims, and also visits to the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara," the statement said.

"Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet with Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev," the statement said.

According to earlier reports, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will visit Uzbekistan between September 29 and October 2 in connection with the 145th anniversary of the start of active church life in the Tashkent Diocese.

This will be the first visit by the Patriarch of Moscow to Uzbekistan.

The Russian Orthodox Church in Uzbekistan is the second largest religious organization in the country, after the Directorate of Muslims. There are 38 churches, as well as monasteries and cloisters, in the country. The newspaper Slovo Zhizni and the magazine Vostok Svyshe are published there. There is also the Tashkent Orthodox Spiritual Seminary, where students from Uzbekistan and neighboring countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Russia) are studying.