Belarus President accepts credentials of foreign ambassadors

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Belarus is ready to consider new ideas and projects of foreign partners, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he accepted the credentials of foreign ambassadors on 25 January.

Addressing the diplomats, Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out a number of aspects of the so-called economic diplomacy. “Belarus is interested in the expansion of trade and economic ties,” the Belarusian leader stressed. “Our government bodies and the business community are ready to consider new ideas, projects, and initiatives of yours.”

“We are focused on the enhancement of mutually beneficial contacts with traditional economic partners, and on the penetration of new markets for the diversification of our export and relations in general,” the President of Belarus remarked.

According to the Belarusian head of state, this is the pillar of the economic stability and higher living standards of people.

Belarus is known for doing its best to protect stability and security in the region, the Belarusian head of state noted.

“It is good that the European Union and the United States of America have looked into our peaceful policy, analyzed it in detail, and concluded that it is essential not only to cooperate with Belarus but also to use Belarus for maintaining peace and accord in the region. We are ready to work in this field,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

Accepting the credentials of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus Fionna Gibb, the President noted that Belarus counts on building up ties with the UK. “We need to overcome the so-called psychological barrier in our relations, to take a fresh look at each other, and find promising avenues of cooperation,” he said.

Addressing Ambassador of Austria to Belarus Bernd Alexander Bayerl, the Belarusian leader noted that the positive dynamic relations with Austria meet with national interests of Belarus. The President of Belarus expressed hope that the opening of the Embassy in Minsk will give a strong impetus to the mutually beneficial trade, economic, credit and investment contacts.

In spite of the stable development of contacts with Switzerland, according to the Belarusian head of state, there is a huge untapped potential of economic cooperation, and it is needed to step up efforts to use it in full. “We are still interested in the wider presence of the Swiss business in Belarus,” the Belarusian leader stressed, addressing Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Belarus Andrej Motyl.

Accepting the credentials of Ambassador of Albania to Belarus (on concurrent) Arben Gazioni, Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out Belarus’ readiness to enhance cooperation with Albania not only in culture, science and education but also in the manufacturing sector and agriculture. In his words, business cooperation between the two countries has very good prospects.

Greeting new Ambassador of India to Belarus Pankaj Saxena, Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed confidence in further strengthening of bilateral ties. He also took note of the recent successful visit of the Indian President to Belarus. “We reached a number of important agreements with Pranab Mukherjee. They will help significantly intensify our trade and economic partnership,” the head of state said. He expressed the hope that the new India Ambassador will make every effort to fill the agreements reached at the highest level with concrete content. Another important task is to implement the roadmap of the Belarusian-Indian cooperation signed during the highest-level visit, the President stressed.

“The development of all-round relations with Venezuela is among the priorities of Belarus’ foreign policy in Latin America,” the President of Belarus stressed, addressing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Venezuela to Belarus Jose Boggiano Pericchi.

“With a view to further strengthening the bilateral cooperation, Belarus is ready to host Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on a visit, as we agreed upon during our meeting in Moscow in May 2015,” he said. Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that Belarus would stay committed to the development of relations with Venezuela, the course once chosen by Hugo Chavez.

According to the President, Belarus also considers Peru as a promising partner in South America. The Belarusian equipment is well-known to Peruvian consumers since the USSR times. It is famous for its good value for money. “We are ready to supply Peru with a wide range of machine-building products and high-tech equipment,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. In his words, Belarus is also ready to purchase Peru’s goods, including for the supplies to other states.

Accepting the credentials of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of South Africa to Belarus (on concurrent) Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi, the President stressed that Belarus has been effectively developing cooperation with Southern African states, particularly with the Republic of South Africa. According to him, there are a number of promising projects relating to the supply of high-quality Belarusian machinery. The two countries are also exploring other areas of interaction. Aleksandr Lukashenko confirmed the invitation to President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma to visit Belarus.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, it is vital for Belarus to find new partners in Africa. He expressed confidence that Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sierra Leone to Belarus (on concurrent accreditation) John Sahr Francis Yambasu will promote the development of bilateral cooperation. “We can find common interests in the political, trade and economic sectors, including such promising areas as industry, agriculture, education and medicine,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

Receiving the credentials from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to Belarus (on concurrent accreditation) Kim Hyun Joon, Aleksandr Lukashenko reaffirmed Belarus’ commitment to develop all-round mutually beneficial relations.

Addressing the ambassadors, the head of state remarked that Belarus will create the most favorable conditions for their diplomatic work in the country. “It is very important for you to find new opportunities and, perhaps, new formats of mutually beneficial cooperation, fill our joint work with constructive ideas when you are here,” the Belarusian leader said.

“I am convinced that our dialogue with the states you represent will be vigorously developing on the basis of mutual understanding, partnership, and friendship,” Aleksandr Lukashenko underlined.

He stressed that the year 2016 has been announced that Year of Culture in Belarus; therefore, the country will host numerous cultural events this year. The President expressed hope that the diplomats will be able to learn more about Belarus, its nature, climate, cultural legacy, and history.