MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Meeting with Ambassador of Cuba Gerardo Suarez Alvarez
19 October 2017
Alexander Lukashenko wants to pay a visit to Cuba in the near future. He made
the statement at the meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Cuba Gerardo Suarez Alvarez whose diplomatic mission in Belarus is coming to an end.
“I would like you to convey my best greetings to my friend Raul. I hope
that I will have an opportunity to visit Cuba in the near future. I feel the
need to pay tribute to Fidel. I must visit his tomb.”
According to the President, the visit should help update the agenda of
bilateral relations. “But you should always know that if Belarus can do anything for Cuba, our
country is always open for you. We are ready to do it,” the head of state
“We have established rather good relations in the economy. We do not
have any problems in the political dimension. We have similar views on the
global agenda. There are virtually no contradictions on the issues that are not
included in it,” the Belarusian leader noted.
Belarus is interested in
developing relations with Latin American and Caribbean states with the
assistance of Cuba.
“I would like Cuba to
continue supporting us in the establishment of closer relations with friendly
countries of the CaribbeanBasin region and Latin America.
We would like to have good relations with them. Of course, these ties should
rely on the trade and economy. I think we can offer a lot of things to these
countries, just like we have done for friendly Cuba,” the head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko also suggested discussing the interaction with Venezuela.
“Maybe, you know more about the situation in Venezuela, which is also a friendly
country for us, and will say a few words about it. I will be very grateful to
you,” he said.
“With much regret we need to mention the fact that your diplomatic
mission in Belarus
is coming to an end. I always tell the ambassadors who have made a big
contribution to the development of Belarus’
relations with the countries they represent that they will not regret the time
spent in Belarus.
You have learned a lot about our country,” the Belarusian leader remarked. “You
are not an alien person for us. Since Soviet times, we have traditionally
respected Cuban people and the state. And we will respect them in the future.
You have done a lot for the development of these relations and for the
strengthening of their foundation.”
The Cuban ambassador, in turn, thanked the Belarusian President for the
consistent and friendly position towards Cuba. “Thank you for your
friendship with Fidel Castro and Raul Castro,” he said. Gerardo Suarez Alvarez
stressed that the Cuban leaders have also been connected by the ties of
friendship with Alexander Lukashenko and the people of Belarus.
“We will never forget your sincere condolences over the passing of Fidel
Castro and the fact that there was a special representative of Belarus at the
funeral,” the diplomat said.
Speaking about the bilateral relations, the ambassador remarked that the
official visit of the Belarusian President to the Republic of Cuba
in 2012 gave a serious impetus to their development.
The President of Belarus and the Cuban diplomat discussed the entire
spectrum of issues on the Belarusian-Cuban bilateral agenda. It was noted that Belarus can take a more active part in Cuba’s social
and economic development plans in the coming years. The priority areas are
manufacturing, agriculture, science and technology, education and personnel