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High-Standing EU And OSCE Officials To Visit Belarus This Week

The coming week will be marked by a ‘diplomacy boom’ – Belarus is preparing to welcome a number of high official delegations from Europe.

On Monday, 13 March, the Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth is to visit Belarus. The visit of the German official marks 25 years of the re-establishment of the diplomatic relations between Germany and Belarus.

Michael Roth is expected to meet with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei. The program of the EU official’s visit includes the opening of the joint mobile exhibition Trostenets Death Camp.

Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders will travel to Belarus on a working visit on 15 March, the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the media.

Like the German minister, Didier Reynders will hold a meeting with the head of the Belarusian MFA.

This visit by the head of the Belgian foreign ministry to Belarus will be the first one in the history of bilateral relations.

“The parties are set to discuss a wide range of issues of the Belarusian-Belgian cooperation, including trade, economy and investment, EU-Belarus dialogue, and the cooperation in international organizations,” MFA’s spokesman said.

On 16 March the head of the MFA is expected to meet OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen, who is coming to Belarus with a OSCE PA delegation on 15-17 March.

The goal of the visit is to discuss the preparations for the 26th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk on 5-6 July, and to sign the agreement between the Belarusian Parliament and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on holding the session.

In addition, the visits of high official delegations from Israel and Poland are scheduled on 13 and 15 March.