The President of Belarus has begun a two-day official visit to the Italian Republic and the Vatican. The plane of the head of state landed today in Rome's airport Ciampino.
Alexander Lukashenko was welcomed near the plane by officials from Rome and the Vatican, as well as by representatives of diplomatic corps. At the airport, the President of Belarus had a brief conversation with the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Diplomatic Protocol Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.
The Head of State offered Italian businesses to more actively invest in Belarus. Italy is traditionally among the main trade partners of Belarus among non-CIS countries. Cooperation is developing in various spheres.
On May 20 President Alexander Lukashenko met with Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella. Special attention was paid to the formation of a full regulatory framework of the Belarusian-Italian cooperation.
Alexander Guryanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Italy:
We have always traded with Italy very actively. Italy is first of all interested in supplies to Belarus, in supplies to the market of the Eurasian Economic Union. Secondly, many of our major projects are being implemented using Italian equipment and technologies. In turn, we are expanding the range of our deliveries to Italy.
On May 21, during a visit to the Vatican, the head of state is to meet with Pope Francis. They will discuss further development of cooperation between Belarus and the Roman Catholic Church.
Also, an exhibition of Belarusian icons opened in the Vatican Museum two days ago. It features 33 works. And, as expected, the exhibition will be visited by the President of Belarus on Saturday.