MINSK, 6 July (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has awarded the Order of Francysk Skaryna to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovakia to Belarus Jozef Migas, BelTA informs.
The diplomat received the award in recognition of a big personal contribution to the enhancement of friendly relations and development of cooperation between Belarus and Slovakia.
Presenting the award to the ambassador, the Belarusian president thanked him for attending the Victory Day celebrations in Minsk on 9 May, although that decision of the diplomat had ambiguous consequences for him. “Indeed, you have done a really courageous deed, not only Belarusians but also the whole world saw it,” the head of state stressed. “Rarely we see such ambassadors who are doing what their hearts tell them to do. But still there are such ambassadors.” Aleksandr Lukashenko gifted the book Heritage of Belarus to the diplomat.
The ambassador, in turn, thanked the Belarusian head of state for the high award. According to Jozef Migas, having decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Belarus did the right thing because this is a sacred day. As for his decision to attend those events, he was guided by his personal beliefs. And if it had happened again, he would have done the same. “Because beliefs and honor are those things which characterize a person. You cannot hold onto your job strongly and rigidly if it contradicts your beliefs. I am grateful to you and to the whole Belarusian nation,” the diplomat said.