Diversification of export, normalization of relations with the EU and the prospects of cooperation with the countries of the African region were the main topics Alexander Lukashenko raised on June 6 receiving credentials from ambassadors of Australia, Ghana, Guinea, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Slovakia, Sudan, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Japan.
Addressing the diplomats, the President of Belarus expressed confidence that their diplomatic mission will deepen and expand bilateral links, as well as help to find new formats of cooperation between the two countries.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you in the capital of Belarus. I would like to note that such traits as openness, hospitality, tolerance and love for peace are deeply rooted in the mentality of our people. These qualities, which have let Belarus become a sort of pillar of stability and security in the region, were formed by difficult history, which left indelible scars on the Belarusian land. Fulfilling your ambassadorial mission, you will get to know and appreciate the heroic and tragic past, which is the basis of the present-day peace-loving and multi-vector foreign policy of Belarus. Given the openness of the Belarusian economy an important factor for sustainable development of our country is effective foreign economic activity, which means balance in foreign trade and participation in the international division of labor. Today, one of the key objectives of the economic policy of Belarus is a systematic diversification of export and an even distribution of our trade relations between the three major regions of the world - the Eurasian Economic Union, the European Union and our partners in Africa, Asia and America. By 2020, the country plans to achieve the proportional ratio in each of these areas. I note that this year has brought us positive developments in the normalization of our relations with the European Union. Of course, we are interested in the maximum deepening of relations with the European Union and maintaining the growing dynamism of our cooperation.