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MFA: Czechia ready to provide assistance to Belarus in its WTO accession

Politics 16.06.2017 | 18:12

MINSK, 16 June (BelTA) – The Czech Republic is ready to provide assistance to Belarus in the process of its accession to the WTO, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said during a meeting with Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei who is in Prague on an official visit, BelTA learned from the press service of the ministry.

During the visit, Vladimir Makei met with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, trade, development of inter-regional relations, cooperation between Belarusian and European financial and economic institutions.

Vladimir Makei and his Czech counterpart Lubomir Zaoralek discussed the entire range of issues on the bilateral relations agenda. The parties touched on the current issues on the international agenda, the prospects of cooperation in international organizations. “A special focus was on the further development of the EU-Belarus dialogue, including in the political, economic and humanitarian dimensions. The parties agreed on the need to ensure the irreversibility of the positive momentum in the development of relations between Belarus and the EU,” the press service said.

The parties also discussed the prospects for Belarus ' participation in Eastern Partnership initiative, including in the context of the preparation of the EaP Summit in Brussels in November 2017. “The Czech Republic expressed its readiness to support the Republic of Belarus with regard its accession to the WTO,” the press service said.

The parties also reviewed the cooperation within the OSCE and the Council of Europe where the Czech Republic is currently presiding.

Considerable attention was paid to the issues of security on the European continent, the situation in the region. The two sides also exchanged views on the development of the internal situation in their countries.

The minister visited the Czech-Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss specific areas of trade and economic cooperation aimed at overcoming the decline in trade between the two countries.

On the occasion of the events dedicated to the 500th year anniversary of the Belarusian book printing, Vladimir Makei took part in a ceremony to lay flowers at the commemorative plaque to Francysk Skaryna in the National Library of the Czech Republic and in a ceremony to open an exhibition of Belarusian artists in the Clementinum gallery. Director of the Belarusian National Library Roman Motulsky gave the facsimile editions “Francysk Skaryna's Book Legacy” to the Czech library.

Vladimir Makei and Lubomir Zaoralek also laid flowers to the monument of Francis Skaryna in Prague.

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