Gateway to Asia opens in Singapore
President Lukashenko meets Speaker of Singapore Parliament, Halimah Yacob, in Minsk, finding that Belarusian initiatives are well received in South-East Asia
By Vladimir Khodasevich
Mr. Lukashenko has confirmed Belarus’ interest in developing co-operation with Southeast Asian nations during his meeting with the Parliamentary Speaker of the Republic of Singapore, Mdm. Halimah Yacob.
“We are actively working in the region, with Singapore and Indonesia in particular, and with all of Southeast Asia in general. We have major interests there,” notes the Head of State.
“Since Singapore is a gateway to Southeast Asia, I hope our co-operation will bring a huge positive effect in the future,” continues the President of Belarus. He stresses that the March visit of the Belarusian delegation to Singapore was of great importance for the country. “I recall with significant pleasure my visit to Singapore; we really learnt a lot there,” adds Mr. Lukashenko.
The Belarusian leader believes that Mdm. Yacob’s visit will help develop bilateral relations. He conveyed his good wishes to the President and Prime Minister of Singapore, on behalf of the Belarusian people, and expressed his hope that they will also visit Belarus.
Mdm. Yacob notes that Singapore and Belarus enjoy friendly relations, which grew stronger during the Belarusian President’s visit to Singapore. She stresses that a key area of collaboration is trade and investment, with bilateral agreements and memoranda signed at the recent Singapore business forum. Several documents aim to inspire economic partnerships between our two states, building upon past agreements to supply tyres, BelAZ heavy-duty dump trucks and potash fertilisers to Singapore and neighbouring states, as well as the setting up of an assembly production line of BelAZ vehicles in Singapore.
Mdm. Yacob’s visit to Belarus is her first to our country and, undoubtedly, brings a new phase in developing our relations.