Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level

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Belarus President: Relations with Poland on high level

Belarus expects to begin an active dialogue with Poland, said President Alexander Lukashenko on December 5 as he met with Marshal of the Senate of the State Stanisław Karczewski. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. In recent years, the political dialogue has revitalized. The level of trade and economic cooperation is also high enough.

During the first 9 months of 2016, the trade turnover amounted to more than $1.5 billion.

Poland is also among the top ten countries investing in the Belarusian economy. But there is still much work ahead.

The meeting of the Marshal of the Senate with the Belarus President was warm and it was clear that both politicians have something to talk about. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established nearly a quarter of a century ago. But, despite this, the dialogue was revitalized only in the recent years. In March, the first time in 8 years, the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Belarus. This was followed by the October visit of the vice-premier, who came to discuss economic issues.

Now, Belarus welcomes the Marshal of the Senate.

Inter-parliamentary dialogue should be developed. In addition, the trade and economic potential has not been fully used, said Alexander Lukashenko.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I very much hope and am almost certain that your visit to our capital in Belarus will be the start of an active dialogue between the two countries. We have always lived in peace and harmony. We have a very close and sometimes common history.

Lately, we have been engaged in a very active political dialogue. Your major political leaders visited Minsk. We have been to Poland, too, for example our Foreign Minister and other leaders. We conducted negotiations, dialogue, trying to take our relations to a higher level. I must say that the foundation of any relationship is trade and economic relations.

The level of our trade and economic relations is very high, but it does not correspond to our capabilities. I think that we have a lot of work here.

You can count on the fact that we don't have any forbidden topics in our relations. We will be always open.

Stanisław Karczewski, Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland:
I would like to emphasize the importance of our meeting. I recently met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden, who is very well acquainted with Mikhail Myasnikovich. He asked me to convey greetings and the best wishes for Belarus. Our inter-parliamentary cooperation is very important, because it affects not only the improvement of the relations, but also the improvement of the very atmosphere between the two countries.

Alexander Lukashenko:
I know you have created a Belarusian-Polish group in your parliament. We are also forming the corresponding group in the new parliament. Without people's diplomacy, without the parliamentary dimension, it is very difficult to build political and economic relations in the modern world.

The pace of building up trade and economic relations is obvious.

$1.5 billion is the result for the first 9 months of 2016.

Top export items of Belarus are petroleum, timber and potash. Poland exports to Belarus apples, tomatoes, medicines, milk and cream. Belarusian-Polish interest is confirmed by investment.

During 2016, Belarus attracted nearly $200 million.

Poland implemented a number of joint projects in Belarus; among them is the construction of a hotel (turnkey contract), modernization of railway crossings and a workshop to produce smoked sausages.

Belarus and Poland can also cooperate in IT sector.

For example, this Brest company is the only in the High-Tech Park that has fully Polish capital. At the dawn of its existence, 10 years ago, only 10 people worked here. Today, the developed software is exported all over the world.

Valery Tsilind, director of IT company:
In essence, we create not only interesting but also innovative products.

The Belarusian side is ready for a dialogue with Poland. The Marshal of the Polish Senate praised the business intentions of both sides.

Stanisław Karczewski, Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland:
I came straight from Przemyśl, where yesterday we had a meeting of chairmen of Speakers of Parliaments of the Visegrad Group. In order to catch a place for the meeting today, I had to leave early. Everyone wished me a good way and asked to convey the best wishes to Belarus.

The Polish guest also said that Belarus carries out a policy of peace and balance.

First of all, it concerns different nationalities. For example, Poles in our country live mainly in Hrodna. And today, most of them call Belarus a native land. This means that communication between the two countries find support among people. Interpersonal ties, after all, are one of the strongest and most important.