Belarus will hold bilateral talks with more than ten countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. The first round is scheduled for January 23. The sides will consider foreign trade issues as well as agree on plans for future work.
The Belarus delegation includes the representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
Vladimir Makei, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
These negotiations are of very high importance and I think that Belarus must keep pace with the current global processes, including those occurring in the context of our cooperation with the World Trade Organization. We do not expect that the positive decision will be taken immediately, but these talks are very important to clarify the position of Belarus as well as the approaches of the other member-states. And we are ready to address the contentious issues Belarus has with individual countries.
About 160 countries are the WTO member-states, including Belarus partners in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The rules and regulations of the WTO are in force in Armenia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.