MINSK, 29 November (BelTA) – The purpose of Vladimir Makei's whole life could be expressed in two simple words: I love Belarus!, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik said as he attended the farewell ceremony for the late Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei in Minsk on 29 November, BelTA has learned.
“I was lucky to know Vladimir Vladimirovich for 30 years and to work under his leadership for the past years. He was and will always remain for us a true minister, a true diplomat, a true statesman, a true colleague and a true personality, a man with a capital letter,” Sergei Aleinik emphasized.
He noted that selfless service to the Fatherland was the main goal of Vladimir Makei's long-term administrative and diplomatic service.
“I think everyone in this hall remembers very well his speech at the Belarusian People's Congress that he ended with the words “I love Belarus!” These two seemingly simple but very important words were really the purpose of his whole life. He made a huge contribution to the formation and development of the Belarusian statehood, to the strengthening of our sovereignty, to maintaining peace and stability in our land. He was a sincere and amazing personality,” Sergei Aleinik said.