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Foreign minister to lead Belarus' delegation at EaP summit 2017

Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei will lead the Belarusian delegation at the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, reads the comment of the Deputy Head of Information Department of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, Andrei Shuplyak.

"The Belarusian side appreciated the invitation to attend the summit at the level of the head of state, which reflects the progress in Belarus' relations with the EU and the transition, after a long period of disagreement, to a new state of interaction with the EU as a very important neighbor, a partner in resolving issues of international security in the European region and in expanding trade and investment cooperation between the EU countries and Belarus," said Shuplyak.

According to him, in diplomatic practice, the visit at the highest level, as a rule, is "the culmination of the mutual efforts of the parties to develop cooperation, signifying the achievement of profound systemic results important for the bases of bilateral interaction between the relevant subjects of international relations."

He stressed that Belarus is interested in continuing to participate in the Eastern Partnership Initiative, which "should obviously be beneficial for the citizens of Belarus and the EU, easing the business environment, contacts between people, communication in various fields, raising the level of objective knowledge about each other."

"Currently, the Eastern Partnership is more of a format of cooperation, in which the partner countries seek recognition of the European perspective," said Shuplyak. "Belarus does not set such a goal, but it stands for the preservation and development of the Eastern Partnership as an instrument of non-politicized cooperation, directed not against anyone, but at resolving common problems and issues facing the peoples and states of our region."

Foreign minister to lead Belarus' delegation at EaP summit 2017