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9 Sep 2015

Belarus PM signs Milan Charter

MILAN, 9 September (BelTA) – Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov has signed the Milan Charter, an important document on food security that was drafted specially for the Expo Milano 2015. Andrei Kobyakov put his signature on the document as he visited Italy’s national pavilion, BelTA has learned.

The Milan Charter, also known as Expo Milano 2015's legacy, is an expert document touching on the issues of food security, fair social and geographic distribution of food, healthy lifestyle, and modern healthcare. It was proposed to the governments of all the countries partaking in the expo for approval. The charter is expected to serve as the foundation for international efforts in this field. The Milan Charter will be a kind of Kyoto Protocol for food.

After visiting the Italian pavilion, Andrei Kobyakov held brief negotiations with the Italian delegation.

The Prime Minister also signed the distinguished guests book of the Italian pavilion. He thanked Italians for the warm welcome and the tour of the national pavilion of the Italian Republic. Andrei Kobyakov praised the concept and the inimitable design of the pavilion. He noted that the views of Belarus and Italy on many issues are similar, especially with regard to global problems. The Prime Minister stressed that if the two countries continue developing their cooperation, they will achieve much more.

The Belarusian delegation led by Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov is visiting Italy on 9-10 September to take part in the celebrations of the National Day of Belarus at the Expo Milano 2015.

The delegation is expected to meet with a representative of the Italian government, the general commissioner of the expo, the president of the Lombardy region. It also has plans to visit Piedmont, the second largest of Italy's 20 regions, and to hold meetings with the Piedmont president, the Turin mayor, and representatives of the company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of the world's largest auto makers. Besides, the delegation will hold talks with senior executives of the Italian engineering concern Finmeccanica at its subsidiary AgustaWestland.

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