Posted: 10.03.2023 16:43:00

Belarus, Colombia to sign agreements on visa-free travel and in trade and education

Belarus and Colombia plan to sign agreements on visa-free travel for citizens, as well as in trade and education. These topics were touched upon during a meeting between Ambassador of Belarus to Russia Dmitry Krutoi and Ambassador of Colombia to Russia Héctor Arenas Neira – as reported in the press service of the Belarusian diplomatic mission.

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The two sides noted the constructive nature of the Belarusian-Colombian relations, a noticeable intensification of the political dialogue and a range of visits and negotiations held in recent years through the two countries’ foreign ministries and the parliaments.

In the context of discussing trade-economic relations between Belarus and Colombia, the ambassadors agreed that today the trade between the two states does not meet the existing potential. Dmitry Krutoi suggested creating a joint trade and economic commission, which – as many years of practice shows – serves as an effective tool for promoting interaction and mutual trade. He expressed hope that soon Belarus and Colombia would be able to lay the institutional foundation for such a commission.

“With regard to the development of the legal framework, Dmitry Krutoi and Héctor Arenas Neiran noted the importance of implementing agreements already signed, as well as concluding agreements in the field of taxation, trade, education and other areas of mutual interest. Moreover, an agreement on visa-free travel to common civil passports is currently on the agenda, the signing of which will facilitate contacts between citizens and business circles of the countries while increasing mutual tourist attractiveness,” the embassy noted.

The Ambassador of Colombia stressed the consonance of his country’s foreign policy guidelines with the approaches of the Republic of Belarus – commitment to the principles of multilateralism, strict observance of international law, peaceful settlement of differences between countries through dialogue and consultations.

“The two sides spoke in favour of developing relations between Belarus and Colombia across all levels and interaction in international organisations,” the press service added.