MINSK, 18 June (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko appointed Belarus' ambassadors to Iran, Mongolia and Cuba on 18 June, BelTA has learned.
"I want to say something publicly: you are educated, experienced people and you are entitled to your point of view and your opinion. But you are the country's ambassadors. You represent the country and the president in the host countries. Therefore, I believe that you unequivocally support the policy pursued by the country's leadership. If you do not, then you need to say it off camera. Thus there would be no betrayals," Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
The president noted that among the former Belarusian ambassadors there were those who acted otherwise. "These may be isolated cases, but this is unacceptable. You are more than military. Military wear uniform, just like you do. But they work mostly inside the country while you serve in foreign countries. Looking at you, people there (in Mongolia, Iran or Cuba) will draw conclusions about our country. Therefore, be worthy of the country and the people. You must work so as not to feel torturing regrets for wasted years afterwards," the head of state added.
The Belarusian diplomatic mission in Iran will be led by the head of the Africa and the Middle East Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Koltsov. Dmitry Gorelik, the head of the General Directorate of International Cooperation and Trade at the Council of Ministers Office, has been appointed Ambassador of Belarus to Mongolia.
The current Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Lithuania Valery Baranovsky will take charge of the Belarusian embassy in Cuba.
Aleksandr Lukashenko approved the appointment of Dmitry Yemelyanov Consul General of Belarus in Chongqing, China.