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14 Sep 2017

Lukashenko appoints new ambassador to Indonesia

Lukashenko appoints new ambassador to IndonesiaMINSK, 14 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Valery Kolesnik Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Indonesia with concurrent accreditation to Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, BelTA has learned.

Indonesia is a very promising region where they have a warm regard for us,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “Ministers and ambassadors have their own missions. We need to act, to return to our arrangements, devise new projects in these countries. You represent our country in the entire Far East: in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The head of state recalled that during his visit to Indonesia and Singapore in 2013 the sides determined a number of cooperation avenues. “It seems to me that no progress has been made since then. The ministers have never reported to me that there are any problems with the fulfillment of those agreements,” he said. “If you buried the agreements reached at the level of the president, I can imagine what is going on with agreements at the level of the prime minister, ministers. There should not be any tourist voyages. Concrete agreements are our priority. They should be implemented especially in such big countries as Russia, China, Pakistan, India, and Indonesia. This is a huge country, and a huge market. They need the products that we offer.”

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that India and Indonesia have well-developed mining industries, and the Belarusian side has already concluded agreements to supply BelAZ dump trucks. “The mining industry needs vehicles. We have the MAZ auto manufacturer, and they are ready to use our technologies, set up and operate joint ventures. Prototypes of our harvesters have already proved proved their worth in India. They need to gather harvest, so let’s deliver harvesters, set up joint enterprises to assemble and produce vehicles, ensure bigger localization,” the president said.

The head of state also suggested thinking about the opening of smaller diplomatic missions in the countries of the region. “We cannot and do not need to open a huge embassy in the Philippines or Malaysia. But if we have interest, we can have an ambassador and an assistant there. The fact that there is an ambassador will open doors for all,” he said.

Alexander Lukashenko instructed the Belarus President Administration to supervise the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to optimize the work of embassies.

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