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2 May 2017

Belarus open to constructive ideas, initiatives of foreign partners

Belarus open to constructive ideas, initiatives of foreign partners

MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) – Belarus is ready to create favorable conditions for the implementation of constructive ideas and initiatives of representatives of foreign countries, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he received credentials from foreign ambassadors on 2 May, BelTA has learned.

“Virtually all regions of the world are represented at the ceremony today. I assure you that Belarus values partnership between our countries. We welcome you at all levels and are ready to create favorable conditions for the implementation of constructive ideas and initiatives,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.

Receiving the credentials of the ambassador of Ukraine, the head of state said that Belarusians and Ukrainians have maintained good neighborly relations since ancient times. “We are united by the centuries-long history and similar culture, close economic ties. Having provided the Minsk negotiations platform for the regulation of the situation in eastern Ukraine, we will do our best to help restore peace and accord there. You can count on us in this regard,” the Belarusian leader said.

Belarus has been building relations with Azerbaijan in the spirit of friendship and mutual understanding. By joint efforts the countries have implemented a number of large projects in industrial cooperation. However, Alexander Lukashenko is convinced that Belarus and Azerbaijan should use the existing potential in full and make even more progress in this field.

“The development of bilateral cooperation with Armenia is of special interest for us. Partnership in the Eurasian Economic Union opens up new opportunities for boosting our trade turnover, diversifying deliveries, developing and enhancing our relations in general,” the president said.

The head of state praised increasingly vibrant political, trade and economic contacts with Belgium. Belarus is ready to continue the implementation of joint projects with this country in logistics, energy sector, chemical and food industries, other sectors.

Addressing the ambassador of Greece, Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the Belarusian side is going to develop mutually beneficial ties with this south European state. “There is a big potential for their expansion in trade and economy. For this purpose, we should join efforts to work out long-term mechanisms and efficient instruments of cooperation,” he believes.

Belarus’ relations with the Order of Malta are constructive in nature. “I would like to thank this country for the role it plays by partaking in the implementation of humanitarian projects and aid programs in our country. I am deeply convinced that we will find many points of contact in this field,” the president remarked.

The Netherlands is traditionally among Belarus’ top ten economic partners. Belarus supports the decision to open the embassy of this country in Minsk. According to the head of state, the more the Dutch diplomats learn about Belarus the bigger the positive impact will be on the development of friendly ties.

Belarus is also interested in the open and mutually respectable dialogue with Norway which is one of the largest importers of Belarusian products in Scandinavia. At the same time, Alexander Lukashenko deems it necessary to continue expanding mutual trade with this country.

Belarus hopes to promote cooperation in advanced technologies, education, healthcare, science and culture after the arrival of the Israel ambassador to Belarus. “We have enough assistants here because many Belarusian and Israeli people are united by close, sometimes family ties,” the president said.

Welcoming the new ambassador of Iran, the head of state remarked that this country is an important partner of Belarus in the Asian region. The existing level of political and diplomatic contacts should be an example for the enhancement and expansion of trade and economic ties. The countries have to do a lot in this field.

“When building relations with New Zealand, we support all its initiatives. We are interested in increasing the mutual trade, establishing investment and humanitarian contacts. Belarusians and Belarus are prepared for it,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

“We see an untapped potential in the manufacturing sector, agriculture, education in cooperation with Rwanda. I would like to note that our country is ready to provide efficient mechanisms of financial support for Belarusian export together with the biggest banks of the African continent.”

At the end of the ceremony Alexander Lukashenko wished every success to the ambassadors in their diplomatic service, interesting and productive work for the benefit of the states and nations.

The Belarusian head of state received credentials from the ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Iran, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Armenia, Greece, Rwanda, Israel, Ukraine.

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