Aleksandr Lukashenko holds session to discuss preparations for summit of CIS heads of state

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Development of Eurasian integration is one of the priorities of Belarus’ foreign policy, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the government session held on 14 October to discuss preparations for the summit of the CIS heads of state.

The President noted that the current session will focus on the preparations for holding important integration sessions at the level of the heads of state which will take place in Minsk on 24-25 October.

In particular, Belarus’ capital will play host to the sessions of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and the Council of the Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Moreover, A Ukrainian delegation will hold consultations with representatives of the Single Economic Space (SES) on the sidelines of the CIS summit.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, top on the agenda of the forthcoming session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council will be the elaboration of the agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union, and the list of restrictions and exemptions from the free trade regime.

Aleksandr Lukashenko reminded that Belarus assumed CIS presidency this year. Apart from that, the CIS headquarters is located in Minsk.

Belarus has put forward and is implementing a number of constructive initiatives. According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the session of the CIS Council of Heads of State is the culmination of Belarus’ chairmanship in the organization this year. The President emphasized that Belarus attaches great importance to this event.

Te President emphasized that al the heads of state have confirmed their plans to take part in the summit in Minsk.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the program of the summit had already been drafted and asked adopt and forward it promptly to the CIS member states and the CIS Executive Committee.

The summit will take place in the Palace of Independence. According to the President, this venue will offer the most comfortable working conditions for the participants of the summit. The construction of the Palace of Independence is nearing completion. Aleksandr Lukashenko wanted updates on the progress of the construction works. “Everything should be done to make our guests feel comfortable,” he said.

The President noted that all the organizational matters related to the conduct of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and the CIS Council of Heads of State need close control. In his words, this pertains to accommodation for the heads and members of the delegations, journalists and jet crews. “No detail should be neglected. Everything should be done perfectly, so that the participants of the session would leave in a good mood and take home the best memories of our capital city and our people. We need to think everything over,” the head of state stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko wanted to know how the preparations are going on, including advertising and media coverage. The President noted that the image part is the responsibility of the Minsk City Council. “I do not demand, on the opposite, I am against wasting money, hanging posters, flags and other stuff on each house. Everything should be stylish, beautiful, convenient and appropriate,” the President said.

Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei said that the agenda of the forthcoming summits has been harmonized. Other participants of the government session informed about the preparations for the top-level meetings.