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16 Nov 2018

Lukashenko meets with former president of Latvia Guntis Ulmanis

Lukashenko meets with former president of Latvia Guntis Ulmanis

MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with former president of Latvia Guntis Ulmanis at the Palace of Independence on 16 November, BelTA informs.

Alexander Lukashenko and Guntis Ulmanis had a warm conversation, discussed previous meetings. “It was a pleasure for me to meet with you today because you are a close person for me. I recalled our previous meetings,” the former president of Latvia said. “No one will ruin those cordial relations that we had and still have.”

“It is good to recall those meetings,” the Belarusian president said.

Guntis Ulmanis reminded that the visit of the Belarusian head of state to Riga is expected. “My counterpart [the current president of Latvia] has made this proposal, during a conversation with the minister of foreign affairs of Belarus yesterday it was mentioned that you should definitely visit Riga.”

“I should,” the Belarusian head of state said.

Alexander Lukashenko and Guntis Ulmanis discussed various topics, including close contacts between citizens of the two countries.

BelTA reported earlier that Guntis Ulmanis arrived in Belarus to take part in the events dedicated to 100 years since the declaration of Latvia’s independence which will be celebrated on 18 November. He is the first president of Latvia after the country regained independence in the 1990s and the great-nephew of Karlis Ulmanis, the chairman of the Interim Government involved in establishing the Latvian Republic in November 1918.

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