MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) – Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei is holding a series of bilateral meetings with foreign counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Vladimir Makei met with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov to exchange views on the current state of affairs in the world and the region. The diplomats specified the schedule of upcoming bilateral contacts at the highest and high levels and discussed the state of relations with the European Union and the United States.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin updated his Belarusian counterpart on the developments on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. The parties discussed the details of the forthcoming official visit of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to Tajikistan and the procedures Belarus will have to undertake to become a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
During the meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic Faisal Mekdad, the foreign ministers exchanged views on the ongoing developments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, discussed near-term plans to promote and diversify Belarus-Syria cooperation, as well as the schedule of high-level contacts.
The foreign ministers reaffirmed their interest to ramp up trade and economic cooperation and agreed to continue supporting each other on international platforms, which includes joint opposition to unilateral coercive measures.
They also discussed Belarus' participation in rebuilding Syria's infrastructure and economy, the further rehabilitation and recuperation of Syrian children in Belarus.
The meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi was traditionally friendly and meaningful. The ministers discussed plans to strengthen trade and economic cooperation with an emphasis on manufacturing, the implementation of joint projects, and cooperation within the framework of the EAEU. The diplomats welcomed progress achieved in bilateral cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations three decades ago.
The Belarusian side emphasized the importance of intensifying equal cooperation on multilateral platforms, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
The efforts to step up cooperation within the framework of the EAEU, the CIS and the CSTO, as well as mutual support in the UN, were also considered in detail. The ministers exchanged views on the role and place of the OSCE in the modern security architecture.
Particular attention was paid to preparations for high-level events of the CICA and the CIS to be held in the capital of Kazakhstan in October 2022.
In the coming days, Vladimir Makei is expected to hold a number of bilateral meetings with colleagues from around the world.