Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko wants to pay a visit to Cuba in the near future. He made the statement at the meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cuba Gerardo Suarez Alvarez whose diplomatic mission in Belarus is coming to an end.
“I would like you to convey my best greetings to my friend Raul. I hope that I will have an opportunity to visit Cuba in the near future. I feel the need to pay tribute to Fidel. I must visit his tomb.”
According to the President, the visit should help update the agenda of bilateral relations. “But you should always know that if Belarus can do anything for Cuba, our country is always open for you. We are ready to do it,” the head of state stressed.
“We have established rather good relations in the economy. We do not have any problems in the political dimension. We have similar views on the global agenda. There are virtually no contradictions on the issues that are not included in it,” the Belarusian leader noted.
Belarus is interested in developing relations with Latin American and Caribbean states with the assistance of Cuba.
“I would like Cuba to continue supporting us in the establishment of closer relations with friendly countries of the CaribbeanBasin region and Latin America. We would like to have good relations with them. Of course, these ties should rely on the trade and economy. I think we can offer a lot of things to these countries, just like we have done for friendly Cuba,” the head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko also suggested discussing the interaction with Venezuela. “Maybe, you know more about the situation in Venezuela, which is also a friendly country for us, and will say a few words about it. I will be very grateful to you,” he said.
“With much regret we need to mention the fact that your diplomatic mission in Belarus is coming to an end. I always tell the ambassadors who have made a big contribution to the development of Belarus’ relations with the countries they represent that they will not regret the time spent in Belarus. You have learned a lot about our country,” the Belarusian leader remarked. “You are not an alien person for us. Since Soviet times, we have traditionally respected Cuban people and the state. And we will respect them in the future. You have done a lot for the development of these relations and for the strengthening of their foundation.”
The Cuban ambassador, in turn, thanked the Belarusian President for the consistent and friendly position towards Cuba. “Thank you for your friendship with Fidel Castro and Raul Castro,” he said. Gerardo Suarez Alvarez stressed that the Cuban leaders have also been connected by the ties of friendship with Alexander Lukashenko and the people of Belarus.
“We will never forget your sincere condolences over the passing of Fidel Castro and the fact that there was a special representative of Belarus at the funeral,” the diplomat said.
Speaking about the bilateral relations, the ambassador remarked that the official visit of the Belarusian President to the Republic of Cuba in 2012 gave a serious impetus to their development.
The President of Belarus and the Cuban diplomat discussed the entire spectrum of issues on the Belarusian-Cuban bilateral agenda. It was noted that Belarus can take a more active part in Cuba’s social and economic development plans in the coming years. The priority areas are manufacturing, agriculture, science and technology, education and personnel training.