Meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Belarus Evaldas Ignatavicius

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Belarus will continue strengthening cooperation with Lithuania, President Aleksandr Lukashenko said on 7 July as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lithuania to Belarus Evaldas Ignatavicius whose diplomatic mission to Belarus is coming to an end.

The Belarusian leader said he highly appreciates the contribution of the Ambassador of Lithuania to the strengthening of the Belarusian-Lithuanian relations. Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out that he meets with those outgoing ambassadors who “have made a great contribution to the development of the relations, worked to strengthen bilateral ties and have done a lot over their time in Belarus to bring the nations closer together.” “It is also a fact that you are another ambassador who has been working for the benefit of Belarus and Lithuania. I consider you one of such ambassadors,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

The Belarusian leader added: “You have certain commitments towards your partners in the European Union, NATO and so on. You know about our situation. We also have obligations to our partners. Still, we have always been able to come to an agreement and find a path we are both ready to walk on together.”

For his part, Evaldas Ignatavicius said that Lithuania will assist Belarus in improving relations with the European Union. “We share a common past. I hope we will share a common future in a big safe Europe,” the diplomat said. He noted that Lithuania values Belarus as a neighbor, as a state important for the region, and also welcomes its efforts to establish peace and good neighborliness in the region. “Lithuania has been an EU member for 12 years. Over all these years, the country has sought to build the best relations between Belarus and the EU. Lithuania is happy about the progress achieved in recent years. We will continue following this path of good neighborliness and promote the relations both on the bilateral level and between Belarus and the European Union,” Evaldas Ignatavicius said.