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28 Jun 2016

Sofa Landver: Belarus and Israel can cooperate in any area

MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Israel have no closed areas for cooperation, Israeli Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver told in an interview to the Belarus One TV Channel, BelTA has learned.

According to the Israeli minister, the two countries enjoy fruitful cooperation in the healthcare sector. “We have a well-developed healthcare, economy. We have good IT specialists, but there are not enough of them. I think our countries have no areas where we could not negotiate,” Sofa Landver emphasized.

The Israeli Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Minister, who also heads the joint Israel-Belarus committee on economic and trade cooperation, attended the 5th Belarusian People’s Congress in Minsk as a guest. According to her, the speech of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the country’s biggest forum was informative. “The President said that everything that takes place in the world has its reflection on every sphere of the country's life and its economy in the first place. For me it is important that the head of state pointed to the details which are no always brought up by leaders of other states in the course of planning the country’s five-year development program. These are education, youth, healthcare, social security,” Sofa Landver said.

The parents of the Israeli politician are from Belarus, and Sofa Landver confessed that she was glad to come here and attend the Belarusian People’s Congress.

Sofa Landver also talked about Belarus’ pension reform. She said that the retirement age for men and women in Israel was different from the one Belarus had before. Today women of her country retire at the age of 62, some – at the age of 64. Men leave work at 67. “I would like to work until I can do something good. When you work, when you change something, you live. Everything is different when you are retired. I do not know the opinion of the Belarusian people on the matter, but I believe: work until you can,” the minister said.

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