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23 Dec 2017

Belarusian Parliament to expand economic, cultural ties with compatriots living abroad

MINSK, 23 December (BelTA) - The parliamentary working group on cooperation with the Belarusians living abroad will help expand economic and cultural ties with the compatriots living abroad, BelTA learnt from Igor Marzalyuk, the chairman of the permanent commission on education, culture and science of the House of Representatives, told BelTA.

According to the MP, who heads the group, Belarusians living abroad applied to the Parliament with a request to set up such a group. Relevant decision was taken at a meeting of the Council of the House of Representatives which was held under the chairmanship of Speaker Vladimir Andreichanko. “We held consultations and decided that it would be right to set up a group for contacts with our diasporas, with those who work and live in different countries of the world while retaining their cultural identity,” Igor Marzalyuk noted.

The work of the parliamentary group will be mainly aimed at expanding economic and cultural contacts. “The most important task is to establish positive constructive relations. This is a very important moment, which shows that the Belarusian society as a whole shares the same values of statehood and is set to work constructively. We would like those who live and work in the United States or Russia to contribute to the development of the Belarusian state,” Igor Marzalyuk said.

As it was reported, on behalf of the House of Representatives the working group includes Olga Popko, Valentina Razhanets and Yelena Anisim. Igor Marzalyuk expects that members of the upper house of the Belarusian Parliament will join the group soon.

The National Assembly passed a law on the Belarusians living abroad in 2014. The document was prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Culture Ministry with the participation of other stakeholders. The document gives the definition of the compatriots living abroad and regulates the measures of state support for this category of citizens.


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