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25 January 2016, 15:06

Ambassador: No serious problems in Belarus-UK relations

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – There are no serious problems in the relations between Belarus and the United Kingdom, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus Fionna Gibb told journalists after the ceremony of presenting credentials to the Belarusian President on 25 January, BelTA has learned.

The head of the UK diplomatic mission said she was looking forward to coming to Belarus and working in the country. Fionna Gibb is confident that Belarus and the United Kingdom will intensify the bilateral cooperation. We find ourselves in an interesting time. There are good opportunities for strengthening our relations, the diplomat stressed.

She added: There are no serious problems between Belarus and the United Kingdom. We have opportunities for developing contacts between our business communities, in education. Fionna Gibb believes the countries have many issues to discuss, including those related to the promotion of trade and economic cooperation.

The diplomat arrived in Minsk in the evening on 24 January. She shared her impressions of the city and said that the downtown is very beautiful.

The United Kingdom was Belarus' forth largest trading partner in 2014. In 2015, it moved up to the second position after Russia. In January-November 2015 the trade between Belarus and the United Kingdom amounted to $3.035 billion, up 2.3% from the same period of 2014. The increase was mainly due to the growth in Belarus' exports.

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