MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) - The relations between Belarus and Venezuela continue to develop and keep certain momentum, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Venezuela to Belarus Franklin Ramirez Araque told the media on 16 November, BelTA has learned.
“Close relations between our countries have been developing for the past 20 years and they still maintain certain momentum. We actively cooperate at international platforms, and pay a lot of attention to bilateral relations,” Franklin Ramirez Araque said.
According to him, now is a new stage in the history of our countries and their relations. “We are the subject of unilateral coercive measures, which Venezuela has been under for a long time, and Belarus has begun to feel their strong impact in recent years. That is why we have a common goal - to counteract the effects of these restrictive measures and fight to preserve the sovereignty and independence. Against the background of the new geopolitical situation we are working on the bilateral relations. For example, an agreement on air communication between our states is in its final stage. We are also working on the healthcare system concerning the import and production of medications. Of course, close attention is paid to the projects already underway - assembly plants organized in Venezuela. We are also gearing up for the ninth meeting of the joint Belarusian-Venezuelan commission,” said the ambassador.
Today the Venezuelan embassy hosted the founding meeting of the group of solidarity with the people of Venezuela. The group was set up on the initiative of the MPs of the House of Representatives as part of the inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. It consists of well-known Belarusian politicians, political experts, scientists, and journalists. The main task of the group is informational and expert support of Venezuela in the fight against all kinds of pressure exerted on this state by Western countries, as well as coverage and expert support of Belarusian-Venezuelan relations.
“The embassy pays a lot of attention to the establishment of relations with the representatives of the Belarusian public in order to give the first-hand information and receive accurate and truthful information about what is happening in our country. We hope that this platform will become a place to exchange views, discuss the most pressing and topical issues for both the Belarusian and Venezuelan sides,” said Franklin Ramirez Araque.