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Vladimir Makei: Belarus interested in developing cooperation with EU

The Belarusian Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makei, took part in an informal meeting of foreign ministers of members of the European Union and the countries that take part in the EU's Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) in Bratislava, Slovakia, the press service of the Foreign Ministry reports.

Vladimir Makei has outlined the approaches of Belarus towards the further development of the Eastern Partnership and the relations between Belarus and the European Union. 

In particular, the minister called for the use of the Eastern Partnership as a framework instrument for the development cooperation between EaP members and the European Union in accordance with their national priorities and in order to strengthen security, stability and prosperity in the region. 

He noted the need to enhance project activities under the EaP's multilateral track.

The Foreign Minister of Belarus also expressed hope for further expansion of constructive dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation with the EU countries, including the start of negotiations on a framework agreement between Belarus and the EU.

On the sidelines of the event, the Foreign Minister of Belarus had a series of meetings with the leaders of the European structures, the foreign ministers of EU member states and EaP countries.

In particular, Vladimir Makei held meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Peter Siyyarto and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France Jean-Marc Ayrault, who discussed issues of bilateral cooperation with these countries as well as prospects for the development of EU-Belarus dialogue.

Photo: Foreign Ministry of Belarus

Belarus interested in developing cooperation with EU