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01 March 2023, 12:54

Lukashenko reaffirms support for China's international security, development initiatives

BEIJING, 1 March (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko reaffirmed his support for China's initiatives in international security and development as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on 1 March, BelTA has learned.

“Today's meeting is held at a very difficult time which requires new nonstandard approaches and responsible political decisions. First of all, they should be aimed to prevent global confrontation which will have no winners. You have recently stated it, both clearly and unambiguously, addressing the world community. Belarus has been actively proposing peace and fully supports your initiative on international security,” said the head of state.

He added that Xi Jinping's development initiative fully coincides with the Belarusian vision. “We immediately joined the mechanisms to promote it and are ready for joint preparation and implementation of projects in Belarus,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The Global Development Initiative, aimed at assisting developing countries through technical assistance projects financed by China, was announced by Xi Jinping in September 2021 in a speech to the UN General Assembly. Beijing formed the Group of Friends in support of the initiative, which currently includes about 60 UN member states. Belarus was among the first to join the group.

The Global Security Initiative was launched by the Chinese president in April 2022 at the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia. The initiative is based on the firm assertion of the authority and status of the UN, joint practice of true multilateralism, coordination of efforts to address security threats in both traditional and non-traditional areas, joint work to improve global security governance and create a new framework of regional security. The initiative coincides with the Belarusian vision of the situation on the world stage, and also the initiatives to resume a broad international dialogue on confidence-building measures, security and cooperation in Europe.

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