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28 Sep 2017

Belarus, Belgium to expand cooperation

MINSK, 28 September (BelTA) – Belarus and Belgium are determined to expand cooperation. The matter has been discussed by Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders in Brussels, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting on 26 September “the sides reaffirmed the readiness for further intensification of the bilateral cooperation and its expansion and also discussed the most important issues of the international agenda,” the press service noted. Oleg Kravchenko took part in a conference to mark 25 years since Belgium established diplomatic relations with a number of states, including Belarus. Attending the event were also delegations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The deputy head of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a report on the history of the Belarusian-Belgian relations and also held a number of meetings.

On 27 September Oleg Kravchenko took part in the consultations between the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal State Service of Foreign Affairs of Belgium. The Belgian delegation was led by Director General (Deputy Minister) of Bilateral Political Department Anick van Calster. “The sides discussed a wide range of issues related to the Belarusian-Belgian relations, including cooperation in the political, trade, economic and other sectors. The parties considered cooperation in international and regional organizations, exchanged opinions on Belarus’ relations with the European Union and the Nato, and also matters of regional security,” said the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While in Brussels, the deputy minister also held talks with the representatives of the European External Action Service, the European Commission, and European MPs. The parties discussed the state and prospects for further development of cooperation between Belarus and the European Union, including in the Eastern partnership initiative.

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