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6 Feb 2020

FM: Belarus seeks equal cooperation with every EU country

FM: Belarus seeks equal cooperation with every EU country
Vladimir Makei and Ekaterina Zaharieva. Photo courtesy of the MFA

MINSK, 6 February (BelTA) - Belarus is ready to continue developing a legal framework of cooperation with the European Union, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said during the talks with Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva during an official visit to Bulgaria, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Much of the talks focused on the development of cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the European Union. In this context, the Belarusian side confirmed the openness to further intensify contacts with the EU as a whole, and willingness to develop equal mutually beneficial interaction with its members. Belarus stressed its readiness to continue working on developing the legal framework for cooperation with the EU,” the ministry said.

The press service noted that the ministers had “a detailed, interested exchange of views on a wide range of issues on the bilateral, multilateral and regional agenda”. The parties reviewed the promising areas of cooperation between Belarus and Bulgaria in the political, trade, economic and cultural areas and mechanisms to intensify regional cooperation.

In Sofia, Vladimir Makei also held talks with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. “The parties discussed the whole range of Belarusian-Bulgarian bilateral relations, outlined promising topics of cooperation, and exchanged views on joint activities to ensure the sustainable development of the two countries, to strengthen the stability and security in the European region,” the ministry's press service said.

Vladimir Makei also met with National Assembly Speaker Tsveta Karayancheva to discuss topical issues of parliamentary cooperation. The importance of direct contacts between MPs, including in the format of friendship groups and parliamentary organizations, was emphasized.

The Belarusian minister also met with representatives of Bulgarian business working on the Belarusian market. “The participants of the meeting exchanged views on the possibilities of holding joint events, including by business associations of the two countries with an aim to expanding business contacts and implementing mutually beneficial projects,” the press service added.

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