Working meeting of the Senior Officials of the Council of Ministers of Belarus with the Heads of Belarusian Diplomatic Missions and Consulates

MIL OSI – Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Working meeting of the Senior Officials of the Council of Ministers of Belarus with the Heads of Belarusian Diplomatic Missions and Consulates

13-07-2016On July 13, 2016 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a working meeting of the senior officials of the Council of Ministers of Belarus with the heads of Belarusian diplomatic missions and consulates.

The First Deputy Prime Minister, Vasily Matyushevsky, the Deputy Head of the Government, Natalya Kochanova and Anatoly Kalinin, as well as representatives of the Presidential Administration, Council of Ministers, the National Assembly, Heads of Central Governmental Bodies, Belarusian Ministries, corporations and businesses attended the working meeting.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, in his report gave an assessment of the results of foreign economic activity of the Belarusian missions abroad during the five months of 2016. V.Makei noted a growth of the Belarusian export in quantitative terms compared to the same period of 2015, but at the same time stressed the existence of certain negative trends in the export sector.
The Head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry paid attention to the need to develop measures aimed at fulfillment of tasks in the field of foreign economic activity. V.Makei urged the participants to identify ways to solve existing problems in the sphere of foreign trade.
The Ambassadors of Belarus to Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Hungary and Pakistan addressed the meeting. The participants of the meeting directly with the senior officials of the Council of Ministers discussed the issues of the supply of Belarusian products on foreign markets.
The First Deputy Prime Minister, Vasily Matyushevsky,  addressed the audience with closing remarks and noted that in the current situation diplomatic missions’  most important task is to search for new trade routes and sales markets without reducing the activity of our presence on traditional markets. The First Deputy Prime Minister called the heads of diplomatic missions to assess the effectiveness of new markets, marketing costs and other factors, as well as noted the need for increased export basket at the expense of high-tech products and services that are in demand.
V.Matyushevsky stressed the need to use the potential of growth in exports of transport and high-tech services.
In conclusion, the First Deputy Prime Minister emphasized the need to strengthen the information support activities of export, as well as introduce the latest technologies of information distribution about our potential and achievements into the daily practice.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V.Rybakov visits New York

MIL OSI – Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V.Rybakov visits New York

13-07-2016
On July 12, 2016 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Valentin Rybakov, took part in the High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Human Rights “UN@70 – Human Rights at the Centre of the Gobal Agenda”. The event was organized by the President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, also participated in the event.
In his statement V.Rybakov outlined the approaches of Belarus in the field of human rights and called for mutually respectful dialogue, without any hierarchy in the internationally recognized human rights. Valentin Rybakov said that the inclusion of human rights in the UN should have reasonable limits, stressing inadmissibility of artificial tension in human rights issues, where it is not required, and the use of human rights issues for political pressure on sovereign states. Deputy Minister informed about the national efforts of Belarus to comply with its’ international obligations and assured participants of the event that Belarus as a founder of the United Nations had always been and would remain a reliable member of this organization.
During the visit to New York, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Valentin Rybakov, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Carlos Morales Moscoso.

In the course of the meeting, the sides discussed the state and perspectives of interaction at the multilateral level, in particular, in the framework of the United Nation, as well as agreed to enlarge bilateral cooperation.
     

Lukashenko appoints Ambassadors to China, Georgia

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

Headline: Lukashenko appoints Ambassadors to China, Georgia

12 July 2016

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko
appointed the heads of Belarus’ diplomatic missions in China and Georgia.Kirill Rudy has been
appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of
Belarus to the People’s Republic of China.Mikhail Myatlikov has been appointed to the post of Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Georgia.With regard to China, it is difficult to overestimate
that country. This is the future of the entire planet. Once, when I was an MP, I
talked about this in Parliament. But they did not listen. The country has been
developing rapidly, Alexander Lukashenko said. The Belarusian President stressed that Belarus and China have
established friendly relations of a strategic nature. “Over the years and even
decades, we have managed to show China that we are a reliable partner. This is
the main thing for them,” he said.Belarus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei, who was
also present at the event, noted that during his recent visit to Latvia an
important theme that ran through all discussions was the cooperation
opportunities in the context of the Silk Road Economic Belt. “They are willing
to work with us. We think this direction is promising and we need to develop
it,” he said.Speaking about
Georgia, the head of state noted that this is a traditionally friendly country.
“They are our brothers. We lived in one country. We have preserved very good
relations. Our visit testifies to this,” the Belarusian leader stressed. “Georgia pursues the policy which
is, let’s say, different from our policy. But it is the right of any country to
choose foreign and domestic policies. In this situation, we needed to find
common ground. And we did,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

See-off ceremony for Team Belarus to Rio Olympic Games

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

Headline: See-off ceremony for Team Belarus to Rio Olympic Games

12 July 2016

The Olympics is no longer about personal sporting
achievements only. It is big politics and also a great honor for the country,
Belarus President, Head of the National Olympic Committee Alexander Lukashenko
said at the see-off ceremony for Team Belarus to the 31st Summer Olympic Games
in Rio de Janeiro.“Please
remember, your achievements forge the positive image of Belarus and are an
indicator of the country’s successful development,” the head of state said. “For Belarusian athletes, the Games
will be the most important test of the last four years. Our state has done
everything necessary for you to have an opportunity to train smoothly and make a
decent showing in these competitions,” the Belarusian leader noted. Alexander Lukashenko noted that
the price of an Olympic medal has always been high, and today it is even more
so. “You see how the competition has toughened. Unsportsmanlike methods of
pressure are often used with regard to individual athletes and entire countries.
Scandals, headline-grabbing cases, review of the results of the past tournaments
do not longer surprise anyone. You see all this yourselves, and I’m sure that
you are worried about this. Rio will be tough but I am sure you will handle this
tremendous stress and show good results”.The head of state noted that not only relatives, but also
the whole country will be rooting for athletes. “You, like no one else, feel how
important your victories are for all Belarusians,” he said. This time the country has not
set any medal targets. However, Belarus can expect from each of you full
concentration and performance at the limit of human abilities, the President
noted. “We are all waiting for your victories. Our team is a natural blend of
youth and experience. For some, this is the first Olympics. But many have
competed in major tournaments in the last four years,” the Belarusian leader
said. The head of state expressed
special gratitude to the Belarusian basketball women’s team thanks to whom
Belarus will be again represented in the game team sports at the Olympics 2016.
“I think that our men should look up to our girls,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “We will be looking forward to the
victories of Belarusian athletes. You will enjoy the sea of love and attention
from our grateful fans. It is equally important that every success will be
appreciated by the state. I will be very happy if the upcoming Olympic Games
give us a new reason to gather together and savor our successes and honor
everyone who will make contribution to the Olympic glory of the country,” the
Belarusian leader said. Alexander
Lukashenko presented the national flag of the Republic of Belarus to Olympic
Canoeing Champion Alexander Bogdanovich, the captain of Belarus’ Rio 2016 team.
 He, for his part, handed over the flag to Sergei Martynov, the flag bearer of
the Belarusian delegation, and swore the oath of Belarusian athletes
participating in the Olympic Games.Melitina Staniouta and Yekaterina Galkina, members of Belarus
national rhythmic gymnastics team, gave the head of state a commemorative gift –
a set of badges with the icons of the sports in which Belarusian athletes won
Olympic licenses.Alexander
Lukashenko awarded Order of Honor to Max Mirnyi, athlete-instructor of Belarus’
national tennis team, for his great personal contribution to the development of
the sport and successful performance at the Olympic Games in London in
2012.In conclusion, the athletes had a
photo-op with the President on the stairs in front of the main entrance to the
Palace of Independence.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus A.Kupchyna took part in the EaP informal ministerial dialogues

MIL OSI – Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus A.Kupchyna took part in the EaP informal ministerial dialogues

12-07-2016
On July 11, 2016 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Alena Kupchyna, took part in the meeting of the heads of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in Kiev within the 7th round of the EaP informal ministerial dialogues.

The participants discussed topical issues of international agenda with a focus on the perspectives of further development of the initiative and interaction in the EaP multilateral format. The parties also discussed regional security challenges.
In the course of the plenary discussion, the Head of Belarusian delegation outlined the approaches of the Republic of Belarus regarding the cooperation within the Ea P.A. Kupchyna specifically highlighted the necessity of a greater differentiation and increasing effectiveness of the initiative through implementation of concrete projects. The importance of building up a dialogue and cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union was also emphasized.

Alena Kupchyna held a number of working meetings with the heads of delegations of the EaP partner countries, the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, and the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Helga Schmid. A wide range of issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, including the development of relations between the Republic of Belarus and the European Union, was also discussed.
     

Participation in Kupalye celebrations (Alexandriya Gathers Friends)

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

Headline: Participation in Kupalye celebrations (Alexandriya Gathers Friends)

9 July 2016

The secret behind Belarusians’ peacefulness is in the cherishing of the treasures of the past, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the festival Alexandriya Gathers Friends on 9 July. “The respect to both the culture and artistic achievements of other peoples is a national feature of Belarusians. We cherish the treasures of the past and are deeply interested in the art of our neighbors. I think this is the secret behind peacefulness and mutual understanding of the Belarusian nation,” said Alexander Lukashenko. The head of state emphasized that such an attitude to life is a reliable protection from ethnic and religious discord, as well as other destructive phenomena which, unfortunately, have been sweeping even the most civilized countries. According to the President, this year’s festival Alexandriya Gathers Friends has welcomed a big number of participants. Over a relatively short period of time a modest meeting of compatriots on the bank of the Dnieper River has turned into a large-scale festival of folklife culture. In a wonderful part of Mogilev Oblast the mighty Dnieper River has united craftsmen and folklife culture fans from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Alexandriya has become a venue for friendly meetings and people’s diplomacy. “This year we have welcomed representatives of Lithuania that celebrates Jani Day in late June. I hope that this visit of Lithuanian guests will lay foundation for a new tradition, i.e. to invite representatives of other countries that celebrate Kupalye. This will become Belarus’ contribution to the preservation of artistic variety of the peoples on the planet, the strengthening of friendship between the nations. The popularity of the festival in Alexandriya has been gaining momentum every year. It is high time we set forth bigger goals,” said Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian leader also stressed that the festival had acquired a special meaning in the Year of Culture. “It is the traditional culture that makes spiritual foundation of the nation. It has always been an ever-living source of inspiration and fruitful ideas, so important for today’s art. Alexandriya Gathers Friends is a truly people’s festival and provides an opportunity for hundreds of people to show their talents,” the President said. The President noted that Kupalye in Alexandriya did not showcase everything that Belarus has. However, the most important things, including art and crafts, were present. “We should do our best to make this festival brighter every year,” the President concluded. Alexander Lukashenko also added that he comes to Alexandriya every year. “Wherever I go, be it Russia, the United States, or China, it is always one road, which leads you home, to your native land,” the Belarusian leader concluded.

Opening ceremony of the seminar of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Consulates of the Republic of Belarus

MIL OSI – Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Opening ceremony of the seminar of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Consulates of the Republic of Belarus

11-07-2016
On July 11-15, 2016 Minsk is hosting a seminar of the heads of diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Belarus «Main directions of activity of Belarusian missions abroad in modern conditions».
On July 11 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, took part in the opening of the seminar.The Foreign Minister of Belarus noted that the summer seminar of heads of Belarusian diplomatic missions became a good tradition of the Foreign ministry. Its format is a unique opportunity to make a comprehensive analysis of current situation and to clarify the problem in specific areas.V.Makei stressed that in today’s situation foreign economic activity issues will be a priority of the seminar. «A lot of attention will be paid to trends in the economy, the problems of exports of goods and services, its diversification, examples and best practices that can and should be equipped», — noted the head of the Foreign Ministry.
The workshop is also expected to discuss the problems of attracting foreign investment, topical issues of foreign policy, the parliamentary election campaign, peculiarities of export of educational, tourism, transport and construction services, and other topics.

During the stay of heads of diplomatic missions in Minsk there will be conducted a number of business meetings with the heads of ministries and departments. Ambassadors will also attend a series of lectures at the Academy of public administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, and will participate in round tables and conduct individual meetings with the directors of exporting enterprises.Additionally, heads of diplomatic missions are expected to meet with the representatives of the Government of the Republic of Belarus, as well as to visit enterprises of the Ministry of Industry, a number of concerns. Particularly, Mogilev will host a seminar on export activities with the participation of leaders of the Association of Business Cooperation trade services of Belarusian enterprises.
     

Seminar of the heads of diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Belarus

MIL OSI – Source: Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Seminar of the heads of diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Belarus

11-07-2016
On July 11-15, 2016 Minsk is hosting a seminar of the heads of diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Belarus «Main directions of activity of Belarusian missions abroad in modern conditions».
On July 11 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, took part in the opening of the seminar.The Foreign Minister of Belarus noted that the summer seminar of heads of Belarusian diplomatic missions became a good tradition of the Foreign ministry. Its format is a unique opportunity to make a comprehensive analysis of current situation and to clarify the problem in specific areas.V.Makei stressed that in today’s situation foreign economic activity issues will be a priority of the seminar. «A lot of attention will be paid to trends in the economy, the problems of exports of goods and services, its diversification, examples and best practices that can and should be equipped», — noted the head of the Foreign Ministry.
The workshop is also expected to discuss the problems of attracting foreign investment, topical issues of foreign policy, the parliamentary election campaign, peculiarities of export of educational, tourism, transport and construction services, and other topics.

During the stay of heads of diplomatic missions in Minsk there will be conducted a number of business meetings with the heads of ministries and departments. Ambassadors will also attend a series of lectures at the Academy of public administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, and will participate in round tables and conduct individual meetings with the directors of exporting enterprises.Additionally, heads of diplomatic missions are expected to meet with the representatives of the Government of the Republic of Belarus, as well as to visit enterprises of the Ministry of Industry, a number of concerns. Particularly, Mogilev will host a seminar on export activities with the participation of leaders of the Association of Business Cooperation trade services of Belarusian enterprises.
     

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V.Makei meets the French National Assembly MPs

MIL OSI – Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V.Makei meets the French National Assembly MPs

08-07-2016
On July 8, 2016 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, met with the members of the National Assembly of France – President of the Friendship Group at the French National Assembly, Nicolas Dhuicq, and the Deputy President of the Group, Thierry Mariani.

During the meeting, the sides discussed current bilateral Belarusian-French cooperation, as well as further ways of promoting interparliamentary dialogue.
     

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V.Rybakov meets the Ambassador of China

MIL OSI – Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus V.Rybakov meets the Ambassador of China

08-07-2016
On July 8, 2016 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Valentin Rybakov, met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of People’s Republic of China to Belarus Cui Qiming.During the meeting, the sides discussed issues of cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the People’s Republic of China in international organizations, as well as some issues of bilateral interaction.