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19 December 2016, 10:06

Belarus opens embassy in Spain

MINSK, 19 December (BelTA) – An official ceremony to open the Belarusian embassy in Spain took place in Madrid, BelTA learned from the Belarusian embassy in France.

The embassy will contribute to the further advancement of cooperation between Belarus and Spain. The major tasks of the Belarusian diplomatic mission in Spain will include the intensification of trade, economic and investment cooperation, the expansion of the intercultural dialogue and cooperation in other humanitarian areas.

“A number of political, economic and cultural events marked the start of Belarus' diplomatic mission in Spain. On 15-16 December a Belarusian delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Evgeny Shestakov paid a working visit to Spain,” said the embassy.

The deputy minister met with Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Ignacio Ybanez to discuss a wide range of issues related to bilateral cooperation. Special attention was paid to the need to intensify contacts at the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries, develop trade and economic cooperation, expand the legal framework, and organize joint cultural projects.

The parties agreed to sign an intergovernmental memorandum of cooperation in economy and industry. The document envisages the setting up of a joint trade and economic commission and also the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the agreement on cooperation between the Justice Ministries of Belarus and Spain.

An official reception was held on behalf of Belarus' Ambassador to Spain Pavel Latushko to mark the opening of the embassy. The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Madrid, the political elite and the general public of Spain, businessmen and the Belarusian diaspora.

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