Members of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic – Ms. Aida Kasymalieva, Vice Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh, and Mr. Zhyrgalbek Turuskulov, member of the Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Government, and Legal Issues, visited Washington, D.C. with a working visit on February 3-7, 2020, at the invitation of members of the U.S. Congress.
The visit took place within the participation in the annual National Prayer Breakfast organized by members of the U.S. Congress with the participation of U.S. President Mr. Donald Trump, U.S. Vice President Mr. Mike Pence, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress Ms. Nancy Pelosi, members of U.S. Administration and the U.S. Congress, as well as members of parliaments, businessmen and religious leaders from more than 140 countries of the world.
During their stay in Washington D.C., members of the Jogorku Kenesh met with compatriots and representatives of the Kyrgyz diaspora to discuss urgent and problematic issues faced by our compatriots living in the United States.
The inclusion of Kyrgyzstan by the U.S. leadership in the list of countries that restricts the issuance of the USA immigration visas has been discussed as one of the important issues of the meeting. In particular, representatives of the Jogorku Kenesh and the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan to the USA informed compatriots about the work carried out by the state bodies of Kyrgyzstan aimed at the speedy removal of the Kyrgyz Republic from the list, as well as provided recommendations on certain issues related to visa restrictions imposed by the U.S. side.
National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event held since 1953 in Washington D.C. on the first Thursday of February with the participation of the President of the United States, as well as members of the Government and Congress. Breakfast is aimed at building relationships and strengthening mutual understanding between the political, religious, social and business elites from around the world.