Vladimir Makej. An archive photo
MINSK, Sept. 24 (BelTA) – Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei is continuing a series of bilateral meetings and talks on the margins of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76) in New York. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ press service briefed BelTA on the details of the May 21-28. September scheduled meeting.
On the second working day, the Foreign Minister met with counterparts from seven countries: Venezuela, Vietnam, Mozambique, Jamaica, Estonia, Syria and Hungary. The day before, Vladimir Makei held talks with the ministers of Iran, Nicaragua, Turkey, Serbia and Finland.
The Belarusian Foreign Minister met with his Venezuelan counterpart Félix Plasencia. The parties stressed the need to intensify a comprehensive intergovernmental dialogue and to intensify cooperation in trade and business. They also discussed preparations for a special envoy of the Venezuelan President’s visit to Belarus to discuss the full range of bilateral cooperation.
The Foreign Ministers noted that they were aligned on the international agenda and agreed to closely coordinate efforts as part of the multilateral effort to protect national interests and the sovereignty of UN member states.
At the meeting with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Vladimir Makei called for the resumption of personal high-level and high-level contacts that had been interrupted due to the pandemic. The parties discussed in detail the prospects for cooperation in trade and business, including the possibility of increasing deliveries to Belarusian trucks and establishing joint ventures.
The Vietnamese Foreign Minister stated that the free trade agreement between the EAEU member states and Vietnam can be used to promote Vietnamese products on the Eurasian market.
Foreign ministers expressed confidence that the planned opening of the Belarusian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will go a long way towards facilitating contacts between the two countries.
The parties also discussed the interaction between Belarus and Vietnam in international organizations, including mutual assistance in elections to UN bodies.
Vladimir Makei met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique, Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dlovo. The Foreign Ministers welcomed the recent intensification of political contacts and discussed prospects for cooperation in trade and business. They highlighted the importance of mutual support in international organizations and agreed on a number of concrete steps in bilateral and multilateral formats.
On the initiative of the Jamaican side, Vladimir Makei met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, Kamina Johnson Smith. The parties discussed priority areas of cooperation in the UN, agreements on mutual support in elections to UN bodies.
Vladimir Makei and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Estonia Eva-Maria Liimets discussed a wide range of topics of common interest.
The focus of the meeting with the foreign minister and expatriate of the Syrian Arab Republic, Faisal Mekdad, was the domestic political situation in Belarus and Syria. The parties also considered a number of issues on the international agenda.
Ministers discussed the possibility of holding another meeting of the Joint Commission on Trade, Economic and Technology Cooperation and high-level visits in the near future.
Faisal Mekdad thanked Belarus for taking in Syrian children for recreation and for providing regular humanitarian aid.
At the meeting with the Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó, the parties exchanged views on current issues on the international agenda and discussed the possibility of expanding bilateral cooperation.
Vladimir Makei also attended a high-level meeting of the Friends of the United Nations Charter Group to discuss ways to counter unilateral coercive measures and the UN Food Systems Summit.