Poland, Slovakia, UAE, Japan diplomats present credentials to Belarus President


Poland, Slovakia, UAE, Japan diplomats present credentials to Belarus President

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on June 6 received credentials from ambassadors of 13 countries. This is a symbolic message from the leaders of these countries with a request to believe their representative. Addressing the diplomats, the head of state expressed confidence that their mission will deepen and expand the bilateral ties.

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.

The Polish diplomat is convinced that the recent visit to Minsk of the Polish Foreign Minister will give new impetus to the mutual cross-border and interregional cooperation.

Konrad Pavlik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Belarus:
The last visit of Minister [Witold] Waszczykowski to Minsk was very important; there were made ​​a number of important declarations, the willingness to talk about all issues, including the most complex. We have always been neighbors so we need to work closely in various fields, which we have slightly forgotten in recent years, including, for example, infrastructure, cross-border cooperation, culture and cultural heritage. We do have very much in common.

Belarus considers the Slovak Republic a promising partner in the EU. The special contribution of that country was a direct participation in the normalization of the EU's relations with Belarus. By the way, it is Slovakia that will preside over the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2016.

Jozef Migas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Republic of Belarus:
It is necessary to maintain an active, concrete dialogue. Something we can give to Belarus but something we need to learn from you. And this is the basis of specific relations.

Another promising direction for Belarus is to expand cooperation with the African Region. There are already examples of successful cooperation, despite the geographical distance. 

Alexander Lukashenko:
Belarus is interested in the dynamic development of African states. I am sure that we have great prospects for the expansion of cooperation. An example is the continued high level of political relations with the Republic of Zimbabwe. We have something to offer each other in all areas, especially in trade and economy. We will be grateful to the new ambassador for increased efficiency in the implementation of the cooperation potential. Ethiopia is another major partner on the continent. The friendship since the Soviet times and similar positions on many issues of international life confirm the need for further strengthening of the comprehensive relations between Minsk and Addis Ababa. Belarus seeks to increase the level of cooperation with Sudan and expects the same approach from their side. I note with satisfaction the optimization of our contacts, which has been observed in recent years. There are good opportunities for the promotion of Belarusian industrial production; we see the development of industrial cooperation with such influential members of the Economic Community of West African States as Guinea and Ghana.

One of the priorities in Belarus' foreign policy is the Asian region. Cooperation in the field of information technologies is advancing rapidly with the Republic of Korea.   

Kim Yong-Ho, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea's Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus:
I see that Belarus is the same highly developed and technological country as Korea. Your people are very honest and open. We are interested in cooperation with your country. 

Belarus will expand its presence in Central America, for example, in Nicaragua. It is going to continue the 20-year history of warm diplomatic relations with the Philippines. It will also use to the fullest the huge untapped potential that exists in the relationship with Australia.

After the official ceremony of presenting credentials Alexander Lukashenko informally talked to the ambassadors. 

Carlos D. Sorreta, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Republic of Belarus:
I am happy to be in Minsk. I am using all the benefits here. And my wife has recently given me a watch produced in Belarus.

Another strategic partner of Belarus is the United Arab Emirates. Investment cooperation with that country is beneficial for both Belarus and the UAE. Important steps in this direction have already been made.

Ahmed Mohammed Yousuf Al Tunaiji, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates in Belarus:
The people of the UAE would like to express sincere gratitude for the opportunity of visa-free entry to the Republic of Belarus. I am confident that this step will contribute to the strengthening of economic, trade and cultural relations between our countries.

Toyohisa Kozuki, Ambassador of Japan, talked with Mr Lukashenko a little longer than his colleagues.  The diplomat visited Belarus 20 years ago. Today the ambassador admits that he sincerely admires the pace of development of the country.

Toyohisa Kozuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Belarus:
Japanese-Belarusian relations is a very important point. We see a sharp increase in the interest of the Japanese people and the Japanese government in Belarus. My goal is to turn the interest into specific actions.