Leonid Marinich appointed Belarus' ambassador to Uzbekistan

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Leonid Marinich appointed Belarus' ambassador to Uzbekistan

Leonid Marinich was appointed Belarus' ambassador to Uzbekistan. Surely there will be more Belarusian food products in that country, because until now the newly appointed ambassador was the first deputy of the Food and Agriculture Minister. Mr. Marinich will now have to promote the entire assortment of Belarusian products.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
For ambassadors, issue number one is trade and economic cooperation. Do not just walk and represent the country. This is natural and you won't get away from it. But the main thing is that Belarus needs real work in those countries. The ambassador must receive all willing executives and specialists who will come there, and take them where they need to go. The ambassador must know the country exceptionally well.

If this is trade and economy, they must know the market, what that country needs, what they can export to Belarus. So act in all these directions at the same time. But what usually happens to diplomats is that they sit and wait to be invited to an event with the participation of that country's president or someone else, or wait for a meeting at the foreign ministry.

I believe that we need to send strong people to such countries - our basic countries like the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States - where our language is well-known, Russian is well-known. I call such people 'real managers', who understand what we need today.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Uzbekistan is not just a partner, but a friendly country, a people with whom Belarusians are closely linked. Relations between the two Presidents are also fine.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Shavkat is a person with whom we find mutual understanding and he also understands life. This is a very competent, talented person, smart and seeing perspectives and objectives for his country. I met him three times, and maybe more, we are in good relations with him. I see how much good he wants for his country. He sees good partners in us and this is good for us.

We have done a lot in a short period of time. We must be absolutely honest in that country, because they treat us well, and try to help them wherever we can. They also pay for it. Uzbekistan is a very important country for us. They will need our technologies and our products.

We must help them in everything. These people are not strangers to us. Uzbeks are a very hardworking people. Such an attitude towards them should remain.

The new ambassador noted that just these days a representative delegation of Uzbekistan is visiting Belarus. They would like to see various enterprises and farms, and visit different regions. Negotiations, for sure, will grow into new agreements. And it is Leonid Marinich who will have to implement them.

Leonid Marinich, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Uzbekistan:
Our trade with Uzbekistan is $136 million. These are very low figures and the head of state set the task to increase export, the mutual presence of Uzbek products in the Republic of Belarus and our products in Uzbekistan.