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21 Oct 2016

Belarus hopes to bolster cooperation with ANOC President

MINSK, 21 October (BelTA) – Belarus counts on the support and active interaction with Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), President of the Olympic Council of Asia, a member of the International Olympic Committee, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah on 21 October, BelTA has learned.

“You have proposed a very good thing, and, if possible, I would like to use the opportunity to resume our vigorous contacts at the interstate level. Of course, I hope you will be able to provide comprehensive assistance to us as an influential person in the region, one of the leaders of the International Olympic Committee, the head of the Asian organization. If you want Belarus to take a more active part in the sports movement, in the economy and, perhaps, in business, we are ready to support you in this regard and to support the states that you will recommend. This is the pragmatism of our meeting,” the Belarusian leader said.

Alexander Lukashenko added that Belarus is prepared for the serious interaction for the sake of bolstering contacts in the economy, politics, and sport.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, for his part, expressed profound respect to Alexander Lukashenko who is the leader of the country. He emphasized that over the years of independence Belarus has laid the foundation of relations with his region. “Particularly, with my country, Kuwait, and my family,” the Sheikh remarked.

He underlined that it is a great honor for him to be part of Belarus’ resolution to enhance the relations with the countries of the region in a wide range of fields ranging from the economy and industrial cooperation to the interaction in sport.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah presented the Order of the Association of National Olympic Committees to the Belarusian President.

President of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia Gagik Tsarukyan joined the meeting in a while. He gave a present from the Armenian NOC to the Belarusian head of state on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Belarusian NOC and the 2019 European Games in Belarus. He also wished Belarus to host the Olympic Games in the future.

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