About 20 young diplomats from Euro-Asian countries will arrive in Israel next week (December 8) for a 5-day seminar sponsored by the Division for Euro-Asia at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The diplomats come from 11 states, including Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, as well as the Muslim states of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which maintain good relations with Israel. Most have a background in Middle Eastern politics, and some will be assuming diplomatic posts in Israel in the near future. In the course of the seminar, they will meet with MK Ze’ev Elkin, Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as well as with senior Israeli diplomats and academic figures.

Zvi Rav-Ner, Deputy Director General for Euro-Asia at the Foreign Ministry, said: "We welcome the opportunity to strengthen professional ties with our colleagues from Euro-Asia. I am confident that the seminar will enable them to better understand the complexity of the region and the challenges facing Israel."