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15 February 2021, 19:03

Former Chinese ambassador emphasizes importance of Belarusian People's Congress

Cui Qiming. An archive photo
Cui Qiming. An archive photo

MINSK, 15 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian People's Congress is an important platform for the Belarusian nation to participate in the country's political life. The statement was made by the former ambassador of China to Belarus, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Diplomacy Academy of the People's Republic of China Cui Qiming, representatives of the Belarusian embassy in Beijing told BelTA.

In his words, in 2016 as the head of the Chinese diplomatic mission in Belarus he was happy to be invited to the 5th Belarusian People's Congress and deliver a speech. “I was deeply impressed by the fact that representatives of all strata of the Belarusian society had come together in order to discuss the country's development plan,” Cui Qiming said. “I am convinced of the success of the sixth congress, which will show the direction of the country's economic and social development for the next five years.”

Cui Qiming stressed: “At present China-Belarus comprehensive strategic partnership, which is based on open and honest cooperation, constantly grows deeper while friendship of the two nations grows stronger, including as part of the joint fight against the epidemic. China President Xi Jinping has talked to Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko over the phone recently. A joint plan on advancing Belarusian-Chinese relations was sketched out during the conversation. We are ready to work together with the Belarusian side in order to implement agreements of the two heads of state, improve mutual understanding, deepen traditional friendship, and bolster mutual exchanges in order to make a contribution to the development of Chinese-Belarusian relations.”

The diplomat said: “In the course of my work as the ambassador of China to Minsk I established deep friendly ties with many Belarusians. I still often recall the unforgettable impressions of my stay in Belarus. On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, the most important traditional holiday of ours, I would like to extend New Year greetings to my old friends and the entire nation on Belarus.”

Apart from that, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Vladimir Norov also welcomed the organization of the Belarusian People's Congress in Minsk: “The first Belarusian People's Congress took place in October 1996 upon the initiative of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko and has become a tangible factor in the country's life since then. This unique form of the national dialogue allows defining the main directions of the country's development and working out strategic goals and tasks. I am happy to note that items on the agenda of the congress testify to the large-scale public dialogue the country's leadership has launched, to Belarus' readiness for serious reforms that meet all the modern trends.”

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