The inauguration of the Embassy of Belarus in Spain was held on 16 December.
Belarus opens it own Embassy in Spain in an attempt to get closer to the EU and boost bilateral economic and trade relations, Europapress wrote.
After several years of discussing this possibility, Belarus finally has a separate diplomatic representation in Madrid, as previously the country was represented in Spain by the Embassy in Paris, France. The ambassador to Spain will be appointed in the coming months.
— Belarus MFA ?? (@BelarusMFA) December 16, 2016
The inauguration of the new Embassy will be attended by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Evgeny Shestakov, the Belarussian ambassador to France Pavel Latushka and Senator Ekaterina Dulova.
On the Spanish side, the event was attended by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Ignacio Ybáñez.
The sides discussed a wide range of issues related to bilateral cooperation. Special attention was paid to the need to intensify contacts at the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries, develop trade and economic cooperation, expand the legal framework, and organize joint cultural projects.
The parties agreed to sign an intergovernmental memorandum of cooperation in economy and industry.
An official reception was held on behalf of Belarus’ Ambassador to Spain Pavel Latushko to mark the opening of the embassy. The event was attended by more than 100 representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Madrid, the political elite and the general public of Spain, businessmen and the Belarusian diaspora.
— Diplomat in Spain (@DiplomatinSpain) December 19, 2016
The opening of a joint exhibition of orthodox icons of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Belarus and the works of the Greco of the Museo del Greco (Toledo) and concerts of the choir of students of the State Academy of Music in Madrid, Toledo and Chinchón completed the program.