MINSK, 1 August (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has extended greetings to Federal President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis as the country celebrates the Founding of the Swiss Confederation, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
The head of state noted that Switzerland is an example of how to preserve and strengthen statehood in difficult historical conditions, create a strong economy, and consistently defend national interests in the international arena.
"The experience of your country in various sectors is still interesting and important for Belarus. There are good prospects for further development of cooperation, despite all the temporary difficulties. Unfortunately, Switzerland's support of the unfair and unfriendly sanctions policy by the EU in relation to the Republic of Belarus creates a significant obstacle to the normalization of relations between our states. Sanctions weaken and sever business ties, jeopardize the implementation of promising joint projects, negatively affect the citizens of Belarus and Switzerland - employers, employees and their families," the message of greetings reads.
Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed his conviction that the return of Belarusian-Swiss contacts to a constructive dialogue based on the principles of mutual respect, without artificial restrictions and barriers, will enable the countries to more effectively resolve any issues, account for each other's interests, and contribute to the easing the unprecedented tension in Europe and the world.
Aleksandr Lukashenko wished Ignazio Cassis and the multinational people of Switzerland peace and prosperity.