MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik met with Sierra Leone's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Timothy Musa Kabba on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The meeting marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, which the two countries celebrate on 27 September. “Following up on the talks held on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, the foreign ministers reaffirmed their mutual interest in developing political dialogue, increasing trade and economic cooperation and intensifying bilateral cooperation in industry, agriculture, energy, healthcare and education. Timothy Musa Kabba emphasized his country's special interest in the Belarusian agricultural practices,” the ministry said.
The foreign minister of Sierra Leone also informed his Belarusian counterpart on the internal political situation in his country and the African region in general. Sergei Aleinik confirmed Belarus' readiness for a substantive discussion of all areas of interaction and invited his colleague to visit Belarus. The parties agreed to work together on a number of bilateral agreements that will create a legal framework for further interaction in trade, economic, humanitarian and other areas.
On 19 September, the Belarusian delegation took part in a high-level meeting on the Global Development Initiative outcomes in New York. Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik reaffirmed Belarus' commitment to sustainable development and readiness to interact within the framework of the initiative. He expressed hope that the initiative would help eliminate the illegal practice of unilateral coercive measures that hinder poverty eradication, food security, and affect many other areas of the SDGs.
The Belarusian diplomat also met with his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani. “The main focus was on industrial cooperation and intensification of bilateral trade and economic interaction. The parties discussed the preparation of a roadmap to increase trade between Belarus and Pakistan. Agreements have been reached on the schedule of the nearest bilateral contacts at various levels,” the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The parties also discussed the prospects of cooperation between the parliaments of Belarus and Pakistan and the interaction of the parties in the international arena, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
On the sidelines of the General Assembly session, Sergei Aleinik also had a brief exchange of views with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk and Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry.
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