MINSK, 15 November (BelTA) – Negotiations are in progress to enable visa-free travel between Belarus and Uruguay using regular passports, BelTA learned from Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Evgeny Shestakov on 15 November. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative attended the ceremony to cancel stamps, which had been printed specifically to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Belarus-Uruguay diplomatic relations.
The official said: “Visa-free travel between Belarus and Uruguay would help bring about additional conditions for contacts of our citizens and the development of opportunities for trade, economic, tourism, and cultural potential between Belarus and Uruguay. We believe visa-free travel meets interests of both sides”. The official said he hoped the matter will be resolved soon.
In turn, Ambassador of Uruguay to Russia with concurrent accreditation to Belarus Enrique Juan Delgado Genta reminded that an agreement on visa-free travels using diplomatic passports, service passports, and official passports had been signed before. “We are one step away from signing such an agreement for regular passport holders. The agreement is a fundamental one for the bilateral relations and will secure successful cultural and tourism exchange,” he said.
The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus hosted a special ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary since Belarus-Uruguay diplomatic relations were established. A mail project was presented and stamps released specifically for the occasion were cancelled.
The stamps are described as a way to show the spiritual and cultural legacy of a nation. The stamps released for the celebration of the diplomatic relations were inspired by the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus and the Solis Theater, which is located in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The Belarusian mail project consists of two stamps, an envelope, and a special postal rubber stamp. The project was prepared by the Communications and Informatization Ministry in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus.