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03 February 2020, 11:55

Lukashenko jokes about dictatorship as he meets with Pompeo

Aleksandr Lukashenko and Michael Pompeo
Aleksandr Lukashenko and Michael Pompeo

MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko started his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo with a joke about dictatorship in Belarus, BelTA has learned.

“Our dictatorship has a distinctive feature: everyone gets some rest on Saturday and Sunday, but the president works,” the head of state joked prior to the meeting.

The protocol part of the meeting where journalists were present also wrapped up with a joke, this time from Michael Pompeo. When reporters were leaving the room for negotiations, the secretary of state said that he loves journalists, especially when they are leaving.

The Belarusian president responded that he did not mind journalists, but when they call themselves a fourth power, they should keep in mind that there is also the first power.

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