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28 Dec 2016

MFA: Belarus, US have more things in common than differences

MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) – Belarus and the United States have more things in common than things that divide them, reads a statement by Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Belarus and the United States of America, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It is symbolic that Belarus and the United States mark the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations during a time of a stepwise normalization of bilateral relations, restoration of confidence and dialogue on a wide range of topics from economy and investment to military cooperation, culture and heritage preservation, development of democratic institutions and strengthening of cooperation in science and technology,” reads the statement.

The United States became the second nation that, following recognition of the Belarusian sovereignty, invited the young Belarusian state to establish full diplomatic relations and exchange Ambassadors. For a quarter of a century, the relations between Belarus and the U.S. have treaded an uneasy path of formation and development. Their history witnessed ups and downs, cooperation and discord, mutual expectations and disappointments. Our countries still have unresolved questions, some of them are fundamental,” the Ministry of Foreign Ministry stressed.

“The diplomatic relations between our countries have just turned 25, but the historical and cultural ties between our nations go way back hundreds of years. With this in mind, we remain firmly confident that the sincere, friendly and fair relations will help Belarus and United States put the bilateral cooperation on a smooth path of sustainable development,” the ministry noted.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that even in the most difficult times the two nations cooperated in matters critical to the security and well-being of the international community. In 1991, in its proposal to establish diplomatic relations with Belarus, the American side underlined Belarus’ role in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The United States has consistently supported Belarus’s independence.

“Today, as 25 years ago, Belarus continues to contribute to international security, taking an active role in the peaceful settlement of the multilateral conflicts that, unfortunately, affected our part of the world,” the statement reads.

“On the occasion of the important diplomatic date, we express our sincere hope that the process of gradual improvement of Belarus-United States relations will facilitate further cooperation between our countries and also contribute to the normalization of international situation and strengthening of regional security in Eastern Europe,” the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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