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President Lukashenko: Belarus is gateway to Eurasian Economic Union

Belarus can provide foreign partners with access to the huge market of the Eurasian Economic Union, said President Alexander Lukashenko on May 2 at the ceremony of receiving credentials from the ambassadors of foreign countries, which was held in the Palace of Independence.

In foreign policy, the republic has proved its ability to establish a mutually beneficial dialogue and to respond adequately to the challenges of today.

12 ambassadors and 12 credentials. Handing this document, foreign envoys come into the first official contact with head of state.   Today, the main matter for Belarus is economic cooperation. As an export-oriented country, Belarus always has something to offer.

Igor Kizim, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Belarus:
To date, the turnover is $3.8 billion. But in the best of times we had more than $7.5 billion. Probably, it is our goal that we could achieve.

This is also because our communities, and our leaders, and businessmen and the business community have mutual interests.

Alon Shoham, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Israel to the Republic of Belarus:
We are just creating the Israeli community here. Israeli, not Jewish in this case. And these communities must learn to somehow work with each other and achieve commercial relations, and the embassy should help them.

There can be opened a new page in Belarusian-Norwegian relations, too.

Ole Terje Horpestad, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Belarus:
We begin the revitalization of our political dialogue. The turnover has been limited so far, but I think we should work together to find new areas of cooperation.

In the hall, there are almost all regions of the world. Belarus' foreign policy stance is universal. Republic equally constructively builds relationships with the West and Asia, and Africa and the Pacific.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
In the annual State of the Nation Address I clearly outlined the ways of development of the country and the improvement of citizens' well-being. Our foreign policy is primarily aimed at achieving this very goal. Belarus is currently presiding over the Central European Initiative.

Thanks to this, we have new opportunities for broader involvement of Belarus in European integration processes.

It is no accident that the promotion of compatibility in Greater Europe was chosen as the title topic of the Belarusian presidency. You would probably agree that in the context of the current unstable situation and unprecedented challenges, it is of particular importance.

This year is remarkable for the fact that Minsk will host the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The event is important for our country, and for all of Europe. The session will discuss the strengthening of mutual trust and cooperation in the OSCE region. Hosting the highest forum

Belarus has the opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue with representatives of many European countries.

Belarus is in a position to provide foreign partners with access to the huge market of the Eurasian Economic Union.

This undoubtedly enhances its attractiveness in the trade-economic and investment plan. Belarus formed the most cordial relations with countries such as Azerbaijan. It is also a good example of the trade-economic cooperation. After a number of visits at the presidential level, trade between the countries grew by more than 7 times. The result Belarus would like to achieve with all partners.

It's especially pleasant if watches of Belarusian brands are known even in the distant Rwanda. The ambassador of Malta presented Alexander Lukashenko with a watch for hockey.

Belarus maintains diplomatic relations with 168 countries. It's a big part of the world. The UN now includes 193 countries.

Yevgeny Gorin, CTV:
Belarus' openness is also visible thanks to its visa policy. Since February 2017, residents of 80 states can come to Belarus without a visa.

President Lukashenko: Belarus is gateway to Eurasian Economic Union