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15 Jan 2016

Presidents of Belarus, China exchange congratulations on Belintersat-1 successful launch

MINSK, 15 January (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged telegrams of congratulations in view of a successful launch of the Belarusian telecom satellite from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, BelTA learnt from the presidential press service.

The President stressed that this is an important event and the result of many-year comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries. “Launched by the Chinese carrier rocket, the satellite has become a key element of the national system of satellite communication and broadcasting of the Republic of Belarus. The project is highly innovative, has an economic, social and political significance for our country,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

According to the Belarus President, the satellite launch, which was eagerly awaited in both China and Belarus, demonstrates the achievements of Chinese science and technology in the field of space exploration.

Alexander Lukashenko expressed confidence that the further joint work in developing space technology would allow Belarus and China expand their opportunities in the sector of telecommunication services.

The head of state congratulated the China President on this important event. On behalf of the Belarusian people, Alexander Lukashenko wished the Chinese scientists and specialists in the field of space technology and communication systems new discoveries and further success for the benefit of mankind.

For his part, Xi Jinping noted that the communications satellite project Belintersat-1 is an important result of the Belarusian-Chinese cooperation in space exploration. "The communications satellite project Belintersat-1 is an important embodiment of the Belarusian-Chinese relations of comprehensive strategic partnership and an important outcome of the Belarusian-Chinese cooperation in space exploration," said Xi Jinping. He expressed confidence that the satellite will help Belarus promote economic development, improve people's well-being and facilitate social progress.

The Chinese President assured that China will continue to make joint efforts to strengthen the innovative cooperation, continuously promote the Belarusian-Chinese relations of comprehensive strategic partnership for the benefit of the two countries and peoples.

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