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19 May 2023, 11:07

Lukashenko: Belarus, Nicaragua have to do a lot to promote cooperation

MINSK, 19 May (BelTA) – A great deal of work has to be done to advance the relations between Belarus and Nicaragua, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Nicaragua's Minister of Foreign Affairs Denis Moncada Colindres on 19 May, BelTA has learned.

“When I think of Nicaragua, I realize that this country is so distant and at the same time so close to us. A general assessment of our relations suggests that we have a great deal of work ahead. We have a lot to do to advance our relations to the highest level,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus has already achieved such level of cooperation with some Latin American countries: “Take, for example, Cuba, Venezuela, other Latin American states with which we have very close political, trade and economic relations. I think we need to follow the same path in our relations with Nicaragua.”

“We have everything in place today to build good, close relations. Here we count on the legendary leader of Nicaragua, whom we all love and respect in Belarus. I will ask you to convey best regards from the Belarusian people and me personally to Daniel Ortega. We admired his political activities,” the president said.

He assured that Belarus has everything that Nicaragua needs, and even in abundance. “While building our contacts, we need to create a legal framework for bilateral cooperation in the economy. This is a matter of time. I think if we get down to this now, we will be able to develop this legal framework and build deep economic contacts within a year. We are ready for this,” the Belarusian leader noted.

He suggested that Denis Moncada Colindres analyze how Nicaragua can benefit from cooperation with Belarus and outline areas of cooperation. “We are absolutely open for you, no topics are off limits. We will take your proposals on board,” the president said.

Belarus and Nicaragua are actively cooperating within the framework of international organizations. Nicaragua is a member of the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking that was set up in the UN at the initiative of Belarus. Nicaragua is a co-sponsor of Belarus' resolution “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons”.

In 2019 the Nicaraguan delegation for the first time formalized co-authorship of the resolution “Long-term consequences of the Chernobyl disaster” that was promoted by Belarus.

The two countries coordinate their positions on candidates seeking election to UN bodies and other international organizations.

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