Alexander Lukashenko receives credentials from foreign ambassadors
Alexander Lukashenko received credentials from foreign ambassadors, 16 April 2013
The development of good neighborly relations is one of the priorities of the Belarusian foreign policy, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said as he received credentials from foreign ambassadors on 16 April.
The President received credentials from the ambassadors of Angola, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Cote d’Ivoire, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines and Chile.
Addressing the diplomats, the head of state stressed that the difficult history taught the Belarusians to treasure peace and trust, to be honest and sincere friends. In his words, this is a solid foundation for dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation. “Whatever region you represent, Belarus will be a predictable and sincere partner for you in the heart of Europe. We are not only ready for productive interaction, but will always lend a helping hand, if necessary,” the President assured.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Belarus will implement all the initiatives which will help enhance the ties between the countries and expand cooperation horizons. “Belarus is interested in mutual enrichment of cultures and is eager to promote understanding between the peoples. Therefore, development of good neighborly relations is one of the ultimate priorities of the Belarusian foreign policy. Our principle is to avoid creating problems for neighbors, to build relations of exceptional trust, to overcome difficulties together,” the head of state said.
When receiving credentials from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Belarus Evaldas Ignatavičius, Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus and Lithuania share common history, culture, values and traditions. “As the proverb goes, we have nothing to fight over. The two countries have a range of shared interests in security, trade, industrial cooperation. We need to make use of the transport and logistics potential. We are ready to make our relations a paragon of genuine neighborliness,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked.
“We hope that the Lithuanian Presidency in the EU in H2 2012 will become a period of active work to normalize the Belarusian-European relations,” the head of state said.
“If Lithuania wants to cooperate with us, and it does, and if Lithuania gets rid of some of the pressures, then we will be able to build up such relations that our peoples expect from us, and not only the people but also the political elite of your country and here. We are ready for that,” the President of Belarus said.
“I understand you and the leadership of Lithuania. I understand and see everything. Nevertheless, somehow we need to gradually get rid of the burden of external influence,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.
Belarus attaches much importance to expanding cooperation with Latin America. This direction should become a powerful independent vector of Belarus’ foreign policy, Alexander Lukashenko said as he received credentials from Ambassador of Guatemala Herbert Estuardo Meneses Coronado, Ambassador of Mexico Rubén Alberto Beltrán Guerrero, Ambassador of Peru Gustavo Antonio Otero Zapata and Ambassador of Chile Juan Eduardo Eguiguren Guzmán .
“Year after year cooperation with Latin America countries explores new spheres, gets filled with new content. Last year the total trade turnover with the countries in the region exceeded $2 billion. Several large-scale projects in oil extraction, civil engineering, the establishment of industrial and agricultural enterprises are being successfully implemented,” the head of state remarked. “We can now say with confidence that Belarusian products, technologies, and specialists are recognized as a token of utmost quality in Latin America”.
“We are ready to transfer the accumulated experience of working in your region to Mexico, Peru, Chile, Guatemala and other countries. I am convinced that our countries have a huge perspective potential of cooperation,” the President said.
Alexander Lukashenko confirmed that Belarus is ready to step up the mutual trade with the countries of the region and implement joint projects in the area of mineral extraction, civil engineering, logistics, the establishment of joint assembly facilities.
According to the head of state, Asian countries are traditional partners of Belarus. “Today we have everything to promote our cooperation to a brand-new level,” the President stressed.
When receiving credentials from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to Belarus Mohammed Reza Saburi, Alexander Lukashenko expressed his confidence that Belarus and Iran can step up considerably cooperation providing there is willingness on the part of Iran. “Belarus is interested in the successful implementation of all joint projects with Iranian capital. We will continue to create necessary conditions for that,” the Belarusian President said.
The President noted that the countries share similar positions on most issues on the international agenda. “Belarusian-Iranian contacts are of a purely peaceful nature and are not directed against any countries or blocs,” the head of state underlined.
Belarus is also interested in promoting mutually beneficial cooperation with Laos and the Philippines, the President said as he received credentials from Ambassador of Laos Thieng Boupha and Ambassador of the Philippines Alejandro Bunol Mosquero.
“We are absolutely satisfied with the joint efforts aimed at bolstering Belarus-Laos cooperation. We will be glad to welcome the Laotian head of state in Minsk this year in order to continue the dialogue about the entire range of mutual relations and to determine new promising projects,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
According to the President, Belarus also thinks highly of the role of the Philippines in the global and regional politics. The country enjoys well-earned respect in global and regional organizations. “There are no problems between us that would impede an essential expansion of the all-embracing cooperation,” the head of state stated.
According to the President, there is a huge potential in the relations between Belarus and African states. The President made the statement as he received credentials from Ambassador of Angola Joaquim Augusto de Lemos, Ambassador of Guinea-Bissau Seko Intchasso, Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire Bernard Tano-Boutchoue and Ambassador of Nigeria Assam Ekanem Assam.
“We are planning to expand the network of diplomatic missions in Africa. We have a lot to offer to our partners in Nigeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau ,” he said.
Alexander Lukashenko pointed out the considerable potential for cooperation in trade and economic sphere. For instance, Belarus manufactures a wide choice of industrial and agricultural products, which are in demand on the markets of African countries. Work has already begun to start the joint production of Belarus tractors, MAZ trucks and buses in Nigeria. “Nigeria is the foothold in the huge African continent where we have decided to work very seriously,” the President said.
“Belarus is also rightfully proud of its achievements in science, education, transport, and civil engineering. I urge you to use these opportunities for bolstering the interstate ties in all the areas,” the head of state remarked. “We expect the cooperation between our countries to get a considerable impulse in order to reach new heights with your aid”.
Addressing the diplomats, Alexander Lukashenko expressed hope that the relations of Belarus with the countries they represent will become a good example of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation. The Belarusian leader assured ambassadors that he will always support their efforts.