Meeting with Marshal of the Senate of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski

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I hope Belarus and Poland will resume an active dialogue, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Marshal of the Senate of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski on 5 December.

“I have high hopes and I am almost confident that your visit to Belarus will pave the way for the start of the most active dialogue between our countries. With all the interests of Poland and Belarus in mind, we have nothing to quarrel about. We have always lived in friendship and concord. We have a shared history. I would like to assure you that we will always be open in respect to our common history. We are ready to provide answers to any questions coming from the Polish side,” said the Belarusian leader.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also emphasized the countries’ similar views on the history. “The history should not be changed to please politicians. The history must not be altered because of some ongoing events. Our main goal is to know our history as accurately as possible and to act in such a way so that we would not be blamed for ignoring the historical past and lessons,” said the President.

According to the head of state, the bilateral political dialogue has been recently intensified. There was a number of visits at different levels. Belarus and Poland have a relatively high level of trade and economic relations. “This, however, does not meet our potential. I think we can do a lot better. You can be confident that there are no closed themes for us. We will always be open and ready to discuss any matter,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The Belarusian head of state added that the two countries need to raise their political relations to the level of the economic ones. “Without people’s diplomacy and parliamentary dimension it is difficult to build political and economic relations in the present-day world. Your visit is also important to us as it will promote the normalization of our relations and secure a new level of cooperation,” the head of state said.

Marshal of the Senate of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski stressed for his part that interparliamentary cooperation contributes to the positive atmosphere of the Belarusian-Polish relations.

The parties also discussed the prospects for trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Poland. Large-scale events with the participation of regional authorities and businessmen can be used as efficient instruments in the matter. Polish business circles are also ready to step up cooperation with Belarus in the investment sector.

Belarus and Poland have a big potential in taking a joint part in a number of infrastructure projects. It is especially relevant with the ongoing in implementation of the Silk Road Economic Belt project.

It was noted during the meeting that Poland’s interest in developing cooperation with Belarus is also supported by the country’s policy of peace and balance both in the international relations and interstate issues.