MINSK, 18 September (BelTA) – When building relations with all countries Belarus is guided by the principles of open and equal dialogue, Chairperson of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova said at the opening of the eleventh session of the Council of the Republic of the seventh convocation, BelTA has learned.
"Strong, independent and prosperous Central Asia is among the most dynamically developing geostrategic zones in the world. China, our key trade and investment partner in Asia, plays an important role in global value chains. In this regard, the promotion of the interstate agreements on all-weather and comprehensive strategic partnership with the People's Republic of China is one of the priorities of the international activities of the Council of the Republic,” Natalya Kochanova said. “In recent years, cooperation between the legislative bodies of Belarus and China has reached a qualitatively new level. We are planning to hold a meeting between MPs of the two countries to exchange national experience in parliamentary activities, a round table on youth policy. Together with the Chinese side, we are working to transform the friendship group into a high-level inter-parliamentary committee, which will become an important event in the development of inter-parliamentary and interstate relations between Belarus and China."
We have been consistently implementing a policy to advance integration cooperation with the EAEU countries, develop coordinated actions within the framework of international organizations established in the post-Soviet space, the speaker noted.
"An example of fruitful inter-parliamentary cooperation is the interaction between Belarus and Uzbekistan. At the invitation of the Council of the Republic, a parliamentary delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by Chairwoman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis Tanzila Narbayeva visited Minsk. Memorandums of cooperation were signed between the upper chambers, youth parliaments, and women's organizations. One of the key events of the visit was the First Belarusian-Uzbek Women's Business Forum,'”Natalya kochanova informed. “Together with Uzbek colleagues, we are converting the friendship group into an inter-parliamentary commission. I would like to note that the decision to establish a similar commission with the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation has absolutely justified itself. Therefore, with the countries with which we have a significant package of agreements at the inter-parliamentary and interstate levels, we will continue to move towards a mechanism to facilitate their full and effective implementation.
The inter-parliamentary commission of the National Assembly of Belarus and the National Assembly of Armenia held its 13th meeting. "We are planning to formalize the current high level of partnership during the upcoming visits of parliamentary delegations of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyzstan. Traditionally, constructive interaction is maintained within the framework of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS member states,” the speaker added. “An important area was participation in the election observation in the CSTO and CIS member states. Belarusian representatives participated in the monitoring of the presidential elections in Syria and Serbia."
"We call on the member states of the CSTO, the EAEU, the CIS to stand united, to demonstrate the integrity in our approaches, to speak with one voice and to support each other in international organizations. The Parliament of Belarus has repeatedly hosted inter-parliamentary events. For example, in May of this year, Minsk played host to a visiting meeting of the CSTO PA Council with the participation of the heads of parliaments of the CSTO member states. During the visit our colleagues got acquainted with the experience of the state bodies of the Republic of Belarus in ensuring the stability of the socio-political and military situation, countering challenges and threats to security in the context of Belarus' chairmanship in the CSTO,” Natalya Kochanova noted. “A statement was adopted to counter drug abuse among children and young people and promote their healthy lifestyles. In October, the Belarusian capital will host a high-level conference on Eurasian security. We need to continue an effective inter-parliamentary dialogue during the autumn assemblies of the CSTO in Sochi and the CIS in Bishkek. This format of public diplomacy, its ability to address issues of regional and international security, economic and humanitarian cooperation is poignant today."
Following the principles of transparency and openness, the Council of the Republic communicates to the international community the objective information about Belarus, the internal political situation in the country, explains the position of Belarus on issues on the international agenda, constantly emphasizes the need to restore an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding. “We have consistently advocated the preservation and development of the Inter-Parliamentary Union as a platform for promoting interstate dialogue and a constructive agenda for mutually beneficial cooperation. During its events, we shared our experience in promoting the gender policy, the youth movement, fulfilling the obligations in the field of combating climate change, and promoted the initiative of the head of state on the need to launch a global security dialogue in the spirit of the conference in San Francisco.
"When building relations with all countries Belarus is guided by the principles of open and equal dialogue, without arrogance and entitlement inherent in Western neo-colonialists. Our country enjoys indisputable authority and great respect, with which other country want to work and be friends with," the speaker stated.