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President Lukashenko: CEI is another chance for Belarus to improve relations with EU

The President of Belarus urged the Central European Initiative members to build bridges between the various integration structures on the continent.

The head of state held a meeting with the foreign ministers of the CEI member states. The conversation turned out to be thorough and touched efforts to combat terrorism, the situation in migration, the expansion of transport infrastructure, the acceleration of trade flows and the development of logistics services. These are just some of the topics.

CEI today is an authoritative platform for discussing critical issues and making important decisions. In recent years, the organization has sought to build good relations between East and West. In 2017, Belarus chairs the Central European Initiative. And this status, the head of state said, will help to establish contacts with many countries. Various bilateral meetings of diplomats will also contribute to this.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Belarus has chosen the promotion of interoperability and complementarity in the Greater Europe as the main theme of its chairmanship. Being at the Eurasian crossroads, our states face similar difficulties in social and economic development. At the same time, this creates enormous opportunities for expanding trade and enhancing ties in other areas.

We want the Belarusian chairmanship to give momentum to a substantive discussion of the problems which solution is necessary for the full realization of the economic potential of the region's countries. Among them is synchronization of plans to expand transport infrastructure, convergence of standards of procedures in order to accelerate trade flows and the development of logistics services. We view our chairmanship as a unique opportunity for the effective involvement of Belarus in European integration processes.

It is also important that CEI works closely with the European Union, participating in its various programs, projects, including the strategy of regional development.

This is an additional opportunity for Belarus to improve mutual understanding with the European Union through applied cooperation.

We also consider the Belarusian chairmanship in the CEI to be an excellent tool for intensifying cooperation with its other member countries.

The conversation at the Palace of Independence turned out to be really frank. The diplomats expressed their opinions, argued and asked the opinion of the Belarusian President. After all, the European Union is now experiencing hard times, therefore, the unifying role of individual countries, including Belarus, and their initiatives are definitely important.

Alexander Lukashenko openly gave his assessments. During the dialogue, the parties discussed the role of Minsk in resolving the crisis in Ukraine. There are no analogues to it now. The Central European Initiative includes 18 states and all of them are interested in the further dialogue.

President Lukashenko: CEI is another chance for Belarus to improve relations with EU