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13 Jun 2016

Belarus president mentions key factors to judge performance of ambassadors

MINSK, 13 June (BelTA) – The performance of Belarusian ambassadors abroad will be primarily evaluated taking into account the advancement of trade and economic ties with specific countries and regions. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he appointed heads of diplomatic missions on 13 June, BelTA has learned.

“Economy and export must be your primary concerns. They are the key factors. We are going to evaluate your performance on the basis of these factors. We don’t want you to accomplish some global and impossible tasks. You will just have to add little by little every year,” said the head of state. “I want you to be objective and honest since you represent the president and the country. I want you to advance export and economy. We count on you a lot.”

The President remarked that Belarusian products enjoy solid demand in many countries. “You just have to present them skillfully,” he said.

Alexander Lukashenko also pointed out that clear feedback communication is necessary. “If an ambassador wants a specific minister to do something, then it is necessary to get the ministry and the specific enterprise to work accordingly, with results monitored. I just want you to cut down on extraneous paperwork. Concrete business proposals are what we need,” stressed the President.

According to the head of state, Belarus would like to advance relations with all the countries the ambassadors were being appointed to without an exception. The number included Iran and the Republic of Korea. Belarus would like to step up cooperation with the two countries. Alexander Lukashenko noted that Belarus needs more profound relations with the countries like the Republic of Korea and Japan where promising, science-intensive companies with great financial resources operate. “Such companies could work in Belarus. I know they have a strong interest in it. We could do more in that regard,” noted the Belarusian leader.

The same is true for Slovakia. According to the President, Belarus-Slovakia cooperation could be more vigorous particularly taking into account the traditionally friendly bilateral relations.

Belarus is interested in advancing relations with Vietnam. The President reminded that promoting products into other countries in the region together with Vietnamese partners was the idea. “We need wider representation, primarily economic representation. We have very serious tasks to accomplish over there,” believes Alexander Lukashenko.

There are great prospects for stepping up Belarus’ cooperation with Brazil. The President remarked that many old tasks meant to advance cooperation with this country had yet to be accomplished. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized cooperation with Ukraine, with which Belarus enjoys strong ties in many areas.

BelTA reported earlier that the head of state appointed Yuri Lazarchik Ambassador of Belarus to Iran and Andrei Popkov Ambassador of Belarus to the Republic of Korea.

Alexander Mikhnevich is no longer First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Belarus’ Ambassador to Belgium, Resident Representative in the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, Belarus’ Resident Representative in NATO, with concurrent accreditation as Belarus’ Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Igor Leshchenya was appointed Ambassador to Slovakia. Vladimir Goshin was appointed Ambassador of Belarus to Vietnam with concurrent accreditation to Cambodia. Igor Sokol was appointed Ambassador of Belarus to Ukraine. Alexander Tserkovsky was appointed Ambassador of Belarus to Brazil. Ambassador of Belarus to Ethiopia Dmitry Kuptel was given concurrent accreditation as Belarus’ Ambassador to Uganda.

Apart from that, Alexander Lukashenko authorized the appointment of Andrei Kulazhenko as Consul General of Belarus in Munich and Vladimir Chekhlov as Consul General of Belarus in Odessa.

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