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Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei

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

Headline: Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei

18 January 2018

optimization of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the development
of foreign economic activities were discussed at the meeting of Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko with Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei
on 18 January.“You wanted to discuss some issues
concerning the optimization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with me. I am
ready to discuss any issues so that we could make a decision,” the head of
state said.At the same time, Alexander
Lukashenko stressed that he is, first of all, interested in foreign economic
activities. “In simple terms I am aware of the results. But you have more
precise information. Please inform e about the prospects of diversifying
foreign trade, the operation of our embassies in a couple of words,” the
President said.Vladimir Makei said that there was
positive dynamics in the development of foreign trade in 2017. “The export went
up 23%. Two thirds of this increase is attributed to the growth of prices, one
third – to the physical growth of export. That is why, we can say that this is
a positive trend in general,” the minister of foreign affairs said.“Thorough analysis shows that
there are no reasons for self-complacency. As for diversification, there has
been progress in this field, but we still need to do a lot,” the minister said.

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