MINSK, 21 February (BelTA) – The mother tongue has the love and strength that can build bridges of friendship with other nations, Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas said at a ceremonious gathering timed to International Mother Language Day on 21 February. The event was organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission for UNESCO, the National Library and the A1 company, BelTA has learned.
“The task of a diplomat is to defend their motherland by building bridges of mutual understanding. This requires strength and love that can also be found in the mother tongue. People who have learned to appreciate and take care of their native language, their motherland have the strength to build bridges of friendship with other nations and countries,” Andrei Dapkiunas said.
The diplomat recited poetry in the Belarusian language dedicated to motherland.
Director General of the National Library Roman Motulsky doubled down on what Andrei Dapkiunas said. He went on saying that people should not forget about their mother language even if they are far away from it.
The event at the National Library drew heads of foreign diplomatic missions, representatives of international organizations accredited in Belarus, academia and cultural figures. The diplomats recited excerpts from literature about motherland in their native tongues. Joint projects of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and A1 timed to International Mother Language Day were presented during the event.
Attendees could also see a photo exhibition “Belarus: Moments to Remember” and a presentation of the book “Belarus' Poetic Heritage. Life and Work of Vera Rich”. The book is the first English-language collection of works by Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, Maxim Bogdanovich.