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Foreign diplomats read Yanka Kupala poems on International Mother Language Day

Poems of the People's poet Yanka Kupala, Belarusian and world classic writer, was read February 19 by the Belarus Foreign Minister as well as foreign diplomats and people of art. This was the first time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had celebrated the International Mother Language Day.

The date itself, by the way, was established in 1999, at the session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:
Through cooperation in the humanitarian field, you can always find a common language in the field of culture faster than through any formal negotiations. When we send our diplomats to other countries, we try to send those people who know the language of the country where they were going to work. We are also interested in the fact that diplomats with the knowledge of the Belarusian language come to work in Belarus.

Evaldas Ignatavičius, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Belarus:
As a philologist and a poet, I especially love Belarusian poetry and translate young Belarusian poets. I translated Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas too. The Belarusian language is very melodic, archaic.

Foreign diplomats read Yanka Kupala poems on International Mother Language Day