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Belarus to attend Parlatino General Assembly in November

Politics 17.10.2017 | 15:44
Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus
Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus

MINSK, 17 October (BelTA) – The Belarusian parliament will be invited to attend the forthcoming session of the General Assembly of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino), scheduled for late November 2017, the House of Representatives told BelTA following the meeting between Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Boleslav Pirshtuk and members of the delegation of the Latin American Parliament on the sidelines of the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in St Petersburg.

Boleslav Pirshtuk took note of the areas of common interest between the National Assembly of Belarus and the Parlatino. According to the vice speaker, it is important to continue developing inter-parliamentary contacts that can become a basis for further advancement of mutual trade and economic interests of Belarus and the Latin American countries.

The Latin American MPs stressed, for their part, that the major goal of Parlatino is to establish and develop a wide range of relations between different countries and strengthen economic integration between them. It was noted that Belarus' active participation in the Latin American Parliament is a good means to present its interests in the Latin American countries. Taking into account the fact that the National Assembly of Belarus holds a status of an observer in this inter-parliamentary organization, the Latin American MPs assured that an official invitation would be sent to the Belarusian parliament to take part in the forthcoming session of the Parlatino General Assembly, which is scheduled for late November 2017.

The MPs also expressed readiness to visit Belarus to discuss the ways to edvance mutually beneficial cooperation. The Latin American representatives also voiced an idea of organizing a seminar at Parlatino to discuss the diversification of foreign political and trade relations of the Latin American countries outside the region. It was stressed at the meeting that Belarus is a bridge between Europe and Asia, while Parlatino can, in turn, be an important link between Europe and Latin America.

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