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26 Sep 2017

Makei talks about Belarus’ plans to develop relations with UK after Brexit

MINSK, 26 September (BelTA) – Belarus and the UK have been developing cooperation in different sectors, which will remain so after Brexit, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told the media after his meeting with Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Alan Duncan on 26 September, BelTA has learned.

According to the Belarusian minister, once it leaves the European Union the UK will continue playing an important part in the development of the region.

“We have a lot of areas for cooperation which both the states are interested in,” said Vladimir Makei.

These are security and defense which are the relevant issues for many countries today. “We do not want for Belarus to be at some political or military-political rift, for us to feel the negative consequences of the situation that is currently developing in our region, with all these tenstions and growing information rhetoric. Such a situation makes us suffer and feel the negative consequences, including in the political, humanitarian and, especially, economic sector. Therefore, security and defense issues are of great importance to us. We would like to have an open and direct dialogue with our partners, including the European Union, the Nato, and members of these organizations,” the minister said.

Vladimir Makei also touched upon migration security. “This matter worth discussion as we also feel the consequences of a huge migrant inflow to Europe,” he said.

The fight against transnational crimes, trafficking in persons, and drug smuggling is also high on the current international agenda. “We plan to develop active cooperation in all these spheres which are of crucial significance for both the UK and Belarus,” said Vladimir Makei.

Belarus is also interested in the development of trade and economic cooperation with Britain. “Today we have talked about concrete projects which could benefit the most,” the diplomat said. In his words, green economy is viewed a promising and relevant sector today.

The minister added that the political configuration in Europe will change after Brexit. However, challenges and threats that need a joint response will remain.

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