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Meeting with Vice Chancellor, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel

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MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Meeting with Vice Chancellor, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel

17 November 2017

Belarus is opening a new
page in relations with Germany.
The development of the Belarusian-German relations was discussed at the meeting
between Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko and Vice Chancellor, Federal Minister for
Foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel on 17 November.
The negotiations focused on the existing bilateral contacts. When
building them, the sides do not forget some tragic events in history. “Time
goes on. Many things are changing. And our relations are also changing in the
modern world with the course of time. I strongly hope and I am convinced that we
are opening a new page in our relations paving the way towards improvement.”
The head of state thanked the German side for the annual help with the
recuperation of Belarusian children from Chernobyl-hit territories.
Besides, the President expressed gratitude for the technological support
provided to the Belarusian economy. “Cutting-edge equipment and technologies
account for a lion’s share of the import from Germany,” Alexander Lukashenko
remarked. “We would like to take this positive process to a higher economic
level,” the President stressed and encouraged the German side to pay attention
to the industrial park Great Stone which guarantees the most preferential
conditions for investors. The project has been implemented using the best
global practices of setting up such technology parks.
The Belarusian leader assured: “If we come to an agreement and promise
to do something, we will definitely do it.”
The President also asked the German side to pay more attention to the
situation in Belarus
and to evaluate it in an objective way. “Then we will succeed. From the territory of Belarus you will never get any signal
about the violation of the integrity and security of the European continent.”
Besides, he acknowledgedthe
contribution of Germany to
the regulation of the conflict in Ukraine. “Germany can make a great contribution to the
development of modern history if it is to continue its policy aimed at
normalizing the situation in Eastern Ukraine,”
the head of state noted. “Indeed, there are still many problems after the
Normandy Four meeting, but there is no war there, in Ukraine. People would still have
been dying there if Germany
had not taken a hard line.”
Sigmar Gabriel, in turn, stressed that Belarus
and Germany
went through different times in mutual relations. “We, Germans, think about the
hideous crimes the Nazis committed against Belarus and the people of the
country during the Second World War. It is a miracle how friendly and open the
people of your country are to Germany
today. We would like to thank you for your friendliness and openness which can
not be taken for granted,” he said.
According to the minister, there were disagreements in relations in the
past and there are disagreements today. “But if we look what the starting point
of our relations was, then we can surely be optimistic about the future of our
relations. The relations went through the horrifying times. Today, both the
states are deeply committed to peace,” Sigmar Gabriel said.
is a small country of 10 million, neighboring on the larger countries and
always being dependent, to a certain extent, on relations with them. Maybe it
is such historical experience that makes the country well-suited for the role
of mediator in case of conflicts in other countries. And perhaps this is the
reason why Minsk
has become such a wonderful venue for the Normandy Four negotiations,” Sigmar
Gabriel noted.
He expressed gratitude to Minsk
for hosting these talks. “You still host the negotiations within the trilateral
format. You are absolutely right when you say that we have succeeded in
preventing the war.”
The minister expressed hope that Minsk
will continue to play an important role in the process of peace talks.

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