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27 March 2023, 15:42

FM: Belarus, Zimbabwe will counteract external pressure together

Frederick Shava and Sergei Aleinik
Frederick Shava and Sergei Aleinik

MINSK, 27 March (BelTA) - Belarus and Zimbabwe will resist the external pressure together, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik told the media after his talks with Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Frederick Shava in Minsk on 27 March, BelTA has learned.

“We have exchanged views on the situation in the world. We have similar views on all key aspects of the international agenda. Our ministries will continue strengthening cooperation within the United Nations and other international organizations, provide mutual support, as we have always done, and jointly counteract the external pressure that is exerted on our countries,” the minister stressed.

According to Sergei Aleinik, Belarus and Zimbabwe share the same position that unilateral coercive measures are illegal and incompatible with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. “This practice should be stopped,” he stressed. “Moreover, the experience of Belarus and Zimbabwe shows the resilience of our economies amid illegal sanctions. We are not just able to withstand, we are successfully moving forward, extending a hand of friendship to each other,” he added.

The two countries will continue working on expanding the legal framework of bilateral relations and the early entry-into-force of the basic economic agreements signed during the state visit of the president of Belarus to Zimbabwe: on the establishment of the joint permanent commission, on the promotion and mutual protection of investment, and on the avoidance of double taxation.

Belarus and Zimbabwe are set to hold the first meeting of the joint commission for cooperation in the near future.

“The Belarus-Zimbabwe cooperation potential is huge. The existence of open, direct, honest and trustful contacts help the two countries unlock ithe existing potential to the fullest extent. Our interaction with Zimbabwe is built on a mutually beneficial and creative basis. We are sincerely interested in working, first of all, to enhance the wellbeing of the peoples of our countries and ensure sustainable economic development,” the Belarusian diplomat said.

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