Diplomats get down to work
Belarus supports equal collaboration between countries, without pressure or coercion
On receiving the credentials of the ambassadors of ten countries — Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Egypt, the Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Ecuador, and Estonia — the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, underlined that 2014 has been one of the most difficult recent years for world politics. “Some states are eager not only to influence regional processes but to change the global balance of power,” noted the President. He believes that the results are obvious, with global tension escalating, trust decreasing, and sanctions imposed.
Ambassadors of ten countries accredited in Minsk“Belarus is in favour of equal co-operation without pressure or coercion between countries,” noted Mr. Lukashenko. “We advocate the abolition of all kinds of sanctions, as they have a direct influence on the living standards of people.”
According to the President, the complexity of the present-day situation and weakening of the role of international organisations in addressing global issues raise the importance of bilateral ties, friendship and productive interaction between states.
“In this respect, our country is going to do its best,” said the Head of State. He expressed hope that the activities of diplomats will help enhance mutually beneficial ties between Belarus and the countries they represent. According to Mr. Lukashenko, the current ceremony has brought together diplomats from various corners of the world.
“We are now opening a new page in relations with friendly Ecuador,” emphasised the President. “It’s the first time in the history of our bilateral relations that the Ambassador of this country has presented credentials.” Mr. Lukashenko expressed confidence that the Ambassador would be able to help boost interstate co-operation, implementing the joint projects outlined during the visit of the President of Ecuador to Minsk in 2013.
Belarus is closely following developments in Syria, and will continue to advocate for the return of peace and accord. Accepting the credentials of the Syrian Ambassador to Belarus, the Head of Belarus stressed, “We hope for the speediest settlement of the crisis in this country which has been traditionally friendly to Belarus, and for the restoration of the previous level of bilateral co-operation.”
Accepting the credentials of the ambassadors of Bulgaria, Estonia, and Portugal to Belarus, Mr. Lukashenko stressed that Belarus and European countries are connected by a common spirit, history and culture. These connections represent a reliable foundation for developing relations in a spirit of mutual respect.
“We expect that the present representatives of European countries will practice a constructive approach towards evaluating the situation in Belarus, since this would contribute to further normalisation of relations between our country and the European Union,” noted the Head of State.
The President stressed that Belarus is ready to step up its co-operation with Bulgaria in the production sector, agriculture, science and technology, as well as investments, while strengthening regional and humanitarian ties.
Addressing the Ambassador of Estonia to Belarus, Mr. Lukashenko remarked that Belarus considers Estonia to be an important partner in the Baltic Sea region, and wishes to realise opportunities in traditional spheres of bilateral co-operation, including transport and transit. “While Belarus and Estonia may not have a common border, unlike the other two Baltic states, this does not mean that we have no common interests. We know each other well and I think that we can look at each other honestly, finding areas of common interest. I’d very much like to count on this,” underlined the Head of State.
Accepting credentials from the Ambassador of Portugal to Belarus, Mr. Lukashenko mentioned the potential for trade-economic collaboration between our two countries. According to the President, promising areas need to be identified, so that no opportunities are missed.
Accepting the credentials of the ambassadors of Egypt, the Republic of Congo, and Mozambique, the President confirmed Belarus’ eagerness to promote liaisons with African countries. He believes that these are becoming ever more influential in global politics and demonstrate impressive rates of economic development.
The President noted that Belarus is ready to develop co-operation with Pakistan and Afghanistan, receiving the credentials of the ambassadors of these countries.
Mr. Lukashenko emphasised that Belarus is ready to create conditions conducive to diplomatic missions being able to work effectively. “You can see what is going on in our country: how people live here and what they aspire to. We suggest engaging in open dialogue across all issues and finding mutually beneficial solutions,” noted the Head of State. He added that he hopes for a pro-active stance, determination and an unbiased approach from diplomats, whose professionalism and commitment will help expand co-operation between our states and facilitate the implementation of new joint projects.
By Vladimir Khromov