MINSK, 24 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko presented the Order of Honor to outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Cui Qiming at the Palace of Independence on 24 September, BelTA has learned.
The award was bestowed upon the ambassador in recognition of his significant personal contribution to the development and strengthening of political, trade, economic, investment, scientific, and humanitarian ties between Belarus and China.
“We met with you not long ago to discuss issues of the Belarusian-Chinese relations. I cannot say that we have a joyful reason for our today's meeting. It is really sad when an ambassador leave the country, a good ambassador who has done a lot for the development of bilateral relations (as we with China President Xi Jinping planned),” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“We hope that a new ambassador will be as good. You have done a lot for our relations. I am very grateful to you for this,” the Belarusian president stressed.
Cui Qiming has worked in Belarus since January 2014. Over the period Belarus and China have significantly intensified bilateral cooperation across all the areas. Belarus highly appreciates the ambassador's personal contribution to the enhancement of cooperation between the two countries.
Belarus and China established diplomatic relations on 20 January 1992.