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16 July 2021, 13:39

Belarus eager to advance multivector cooperation with China

MINSK, 16 July (BelTA) – Belarus is intent on stepping up multivector cooperation with China and advancing the interstate relations to a new level. First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Nikolai Snopkov made the statement as he met with Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, member of the State Council Wang Yi in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the press service of the Belarusian government told BelTA.

Minsk strongly supports Beijing in matters concerning its main interests and is always on the side of Beijing, Nikolai Snopkov said. Minsk is also ready to jointly counteract the actions taken in the spirit of “pseudo-multilateralism” to split the world. Minsk is ready to actively promote the formation of a community of common destiny for mankind, Nikolai Snopkov stressed.

In turn, Wang Yi stated that China and Belarus are reliable friends. He stressed it is necessary to implement agreements of the two heads of state, follow the spirit of mutual trust, cooperation, and mutual gains, persistently deepen traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation in order to foster future confident development of Chinese-Belarusian relations.

Wang Yi also noted that Beijing and Minsk have good traditions of mutual support and mutual aid. The diplomat thanked Belarus for always siding with China on matters concerning China's main interests and for supporting China's views. If Belarus encounters difficulties, as a comprehensive strategic partner China will also do its best to provide aid and support to Belarus the way friends should, Wang Yi said.

According to the minister of foreign affairs, China strongly supports Belarus in matters concerning the protection of national sovereignty and dignity. China opposes unjustified unilateral sanctions and interference in Belarus' internal affairs. China is also ready to protect legal rights and interests of Belarus in multilateral relations. Beijing is ready to work with Minsk on the further development of interstate relations and the advancement of bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation. China will continue supplying vaccines to Belarus in order to help the country beat the pandemic fully as soon as possible, Wang Yi said.

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