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07 February 2024, 17:16

MFA: Belarus will maintain focus on cooperation with African countries in 2024

MINSK, 7 February (BelTA) - In 2024, Belarus will maintain its focus on active development of relations with African countries, Belarusian Deputy minister of Foreign Affairs Yuri Ambrazevich said at a meeting with a delegation of South Sudan in Minsk on 7 February, BelTA has learned.

South Sudan has sent a representative delegation which includes the heads of a number of ministries. They arrived in Belarus in order to explore the possibilities of bilateral cooperation. The program of the visit is very rich in both political meetings and economic negotiations.

"I hope you will leave not empty-handed, but with concrete plans for working with our country," Yuri Ambrazevich said.

The deputy minister stressed that 2023 was a turning point for Belarus in terms of its relations with African countries. "Minsk has not seen so many delegations of the highest, high and expert level [from this region] for a long time," the deputy minister said. In turn, Belarusian delegations visited Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya. Particular progress has been made in cooperation with Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

"2024 promises to be busy too," Yuri Ambrazevich noted. According to him, African countries have been changing significantly in recent years. They are striving for independent development in many areas of life, and Belarus, as a reliable partner, is ready to help in this, providing its products and competencies in manufacturing industries, agriculture, education, healthcare and other sectors. Moreover, there are already positive examples of such interaction. "Belarus is also interested in developing relations with South Sudan as an economic and political partner," the deputy minister stressed.  

Among the areas of potential mutual interest, he named mechanical engineering and the development of a network of service centers, technology transfer in agriculture, fertilizer supplies, healthcare, and construction. According to Yuri Ambrazevich, the parties could start with specific commercial, economic projects between business entities and further political cooperation on this basis.

Opportunities for economic development are of primary interest to South Sudan, the head of the delegation, Minister of Investment Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol told reporters. "Our country is quite young. It has many needs, so we are interested in developing cooperation with your country. We have come to gain the opportunity to use your advanced technological expertise," he said.

According to him, during the two days of their stay in Minsk, the delegation of South Sudan visited a number of government agencies and key enterprises in healthcare and agriculture. "We liked everything very much," Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol said.

The meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 7 February focused on ways of advancing bilateral interstate relations. "South Sudan is located in the heart of Africa. If the Belarusian government wants to cooperate with Africa, then we are ready for various kinds of partnerships to help you build your presence in the countries of East Africa," Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol assured.
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