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Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' isolation impossible thanks to cooperation with countries like India

The attempts to isolate Belarus will always be hopeless as long as we maintain relations with such giants as India, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on 3 June.

The politicians held talks in narrow format. Alexander Lukashenko emphasized the importance of today's meeting.

The Head of State noted that the countries have all possibilities for strengthening trade and economic relations.

Also, Alexander Lukashenko noted that Belarus and India have no political disagreements.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
I must say, Mr President, that in last years of your political activity there were a number of events, and the relations with Belarus is one of them. They are the foundation that we built up together. Of course, we are responsible for the relations we once started to build. You know, we have never concealed the fact that we are proud of our relations with India. I have always said that the attempts to isolate Belarus or to put pressure on our country are hopeless as long as we maintain relations with such giant states as yours.

And, of course, Mr President, I will not hide the fact that we would like to see more in-depth and extensive relations with India, all the more so as the two countries have had the impeccable history of relations since the Soviet Union times. And I want you to know that we are ready to go our way quickly, efficiently, and responsibly. And if it be your will, on our part we will do everything we can, as quickly, efficiently and responsibly as possible, to advance our trade and economic relations to the level which matches our potential.

As for politics and diplomacy, we have never had any problems in our relations. I want to assure you that this will continue on the part of Belarus.

In the run-up to your visit, I was told that there are many people on both sides who are skeptical of our ability to enhance cooperation. Probably, we will do a right thing if we disappoint these people by doing our utmost to make our relations more extensive.

Pranab Mukherjee, Indian President:
This is my first visit to Belarus. This fact indicates that India is interested in intensification of cooperation. I still have good memories of your visit to India. These were very important negotiations, which contributed to the development of the Belarusian-Indian relations. India was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Belarus and establish diplomatic relations. Since then, we strive to strengthen the bilateral relations.

Pranab Mukherjee is the first Indian President to visit Belarus. The agenda of bilateral talks in Minsk includes cooperation in petrochemical, mining mechanical engineering, energy and other areas. The basis of the close relationships between the two countries was laid during the visit of Belarus President to New Delhi. Let us remind Alexander Lukashenko visited India twice – in 1997 and 2007.

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus' isolation hopeless thanks to cooperation with countries like India