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04 February 2022, 09:00

Lukashenko sends greetings to Xi Jinping as Winter Olympics is getting under way in China

MINSK, 4 February (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sent greetings to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the opening of the XXIV Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“Your country does a lot to promote a healthy lifestyle and boasts outstanding achievements in sport, while Chinese people are known for their professionalism and dedication. I am sure that this will make China a great host for this international sports event,” the message reads.

The head of state noted that the motto of the Winter Olympics, “Together for a Shared Future”, chosen by China clearly reflects everyone's pursuit of common prosperity, peaceful development and new achievements. “Let the Games embody the spirit of true Olympism, celebrate sport and stay out of politics,” the president noted.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, he cherishes great memories of his visit to the Celestial Empire during the 2008 Summer Olympics that stunned the whole world with their scope, good organization and hospitality of the Chinese people. The head of state recalled that China then topped the Olympic medal table. These Games were one of the most successful for Belarus, too. “I hope that Chinese and Belarusian athletes will give fans many reasons for joy and pride at these Olympic Games,” he said.

The president wished the Chinese leader good health, happiness and many successes, and wished the athletes and other participants of the Games beautiful and memorable Olympics.

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