Belarus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei visited London, where he met with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson.
It was the first visit of the Belarusian foreign minister to Great Britain since 1993.
During the visit Vladimir Makei and Boris Johnson discussed the prospects of bilateral relations amid the current situation in the European region, including Brexit.
He also held meetings with Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan and Minister of State for International Trade Greg Hands.
Thank you to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of #Belarus Vladimir #Makei for speaking at our roundtable this morning on ‘Modern Belarus and its place in Europe’@belarus_emb_UK @CER_Grant pic.twitter.com/pXlXhtyQ7c
— CER (@CER_EU) March 28, 2018
Besides, talks were also held with Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Pierre Heilbronn, Prince Michael of Kent and the British MPs.
Shortly after the meeting Alan Duncan wrote at his Twitter account that goods progress was achieved on many fronts.
Warm welcome to Belarus Foreign Minister Makei – first visit by a Foreign Minister of Belarus since 1993. Good progress on many fronts. pic.twitter.com/vmsxXTfMXE
— Sir Alan Duncan MP (@AlanDuncanMP) March 27, 2018
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, was also left satisfied with the round-table talks.
He emphasized that in the last 12 years relstions between Belarus and the EU have never never been better.
This @CER_EU round-table was off-the-record. But I will say that in the 12 years that I have been dealing with the country, relations between #Belarus and the EU have never been better. https://t.co/Ud9sQZQ5im
— Charles Grant (@CER_Grant) March 28, 2018
The parties expressed their interest in further development of bilateral relations, agreed to step up mutual trade and investments and discussed a wide range of political and economic issues.
Photo courtesy of Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs