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Source: Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English

On December 12, 2019 as part of the visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, to the Swiss Confederation, Bern hosted the next round of political consultations between the Belarusian Foreign Ministry and the Swiss Foreign Ministry. Previous consultations were held in December 2018 in Minsk.

The Swiss delegation was led by the Deputy Secretary of State for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Krystyna Marty Lang.
During the consultations, a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda, including the state and prospects for further development of political dialogue, trade, economic, investment, scientific, humanitarian, consular cooperation, interaction in international organizations, in the fields of human rights protection and emergency response were discussed. The parties exchanged views on the development of relations with the European Union and third countries, relevant topics of international politics.
Significant intensification of Belarusian-Swiss cooperation in recent years was noted, which, in particular, reflected in the upgrade of the Swiss representation in Minsk to a full-fledged Embassy and exchanging high-level visits. Mutual interest was confirmed in strengthening and expanding these trends and in further increasing the level and intensity of interstate contacts.
During the visit, O.Kravchenko also met with the leading experts of the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and participated in the round table at the Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation on the theme “Belarus between the East and West”, dedicated to the 2nd Anniversary of the formation of the parliamentary group Switzerland — Belarus. The speeches of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs revealed the priorities of the foreign policy of the Republic of Belarus, presented the initiatives of the Head of State to strengthen international security.
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