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12 Feb 2019

Poland appreciates Belarus’ contribution to Minsk agreements

Poland appreciates Belarus’ contribution to Minsk agreements
Photo courtesy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MINSK, 12 February (BelTA) – Poland supports the improvement of relations between Belarus and the European Union. The statement was made by Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz as he met with a delegation of the Belarusian parliament led by Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich, the press service of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament told BelTA.

Jacek Czaputowicz assured that Poland respects the Belarusian state, its sovereignty and independence. Poland supports the process of improving relations between Belarus and the European Union and is interested in seeing the visa facilitation agreement signed as soon as possible.

The Polish minister of foreign affairs also spoke in positive terms about the invigoration of Belarusian-Polish relations in the last few years. He noted that the sides demonstrate strategic thinking and parliamentary cooperation plays a major role in the bilateral dialogue.

Jacek Czaputowicz highly appreciated Belarus’ contribution to the promotion of the Minsk agreements. They are very important and deserve support, he stressed.

Jacek Czaputowicz mentioned readiness to take Belarusian-Polish relations to the next level. He also expressed a strong interest of the Polish side in the advancement of economic relations. He stressed that Poland is ready to organize a visit of the ministers of foreign affairs of the Visegrad Group and the Eastern Partnership Initiative to Minsk. Poland also speaks strongly in favor of inviting Belarus to international summits.

The state of national minorities and Polish language studies in Belarusian schools were also discussed during the meeting.

Mikhail Myasnikovich remarked that Belarus views Poland as an important partner in the west. He pointed out the considerable potential for cooperation, which should be tapped into for the benefit of the two countries and nations. In his opinion, Belarus and Poland can become kind of a bridge between the East and the West. Both sides can benefit from it.

Mikhail Myasnikovich also suggested thinking about possible joint events in view of this year’s and the next year’s anniversaries relating to the history of Belarus and Poland.

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