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11 Sep 2018

Belarus-Slovakia cooperation hailed as vibrant

Belarus-Slovakia cooperation hailed as vibrant

MINSK, 11 September (BelTA) – The Belarusian-Slovakian political and economic dialogue has recently become most dynamic, Belarus’ Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas said at a function to mark the 74th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising and the Day of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic on 11 September, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Dapkiunas stressed that these dates are notable for the history of both Slovakia and Europe. “Belarus deeply respects historical memory, including that of the Second World War. Belarus, millions of people of which sacrificed their lives for the sake of the common victory over Nazism, understands very well the pain of Slovakia for those who died during the uprising of the country's citizens. The Slovak National Uprising occupies an important place in the events that brought about the common victory over the Nazis,” he said.

The deputy minister noted that Belarus and Slovakia have proved their right to self-determination. Having become sovereign states, they based their constitutions on the principles of humanism, social justice, peaceful coexistence of peoples, inviolability of borders and renunciation of territorial claims.

This year Belarus and Slovakia are marking 25 years of diplomatic relations. “Over the past several years, our bilateral cooperation has been developing most dynamically. We have made significant progress in developing the political, economic, inter-parliamentary and interregional dialogue. Each year we open new mutual interests and carry out joint projects in various sectors,” said Andrei Dapkiunas.

Andrei Dapkiunas expressed confidence that the current level of bilateral relations would become a robust foundation for further cooperation.

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