Belarus interested in close cooperation with Cuba

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent greetings to President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz as the country celebrates the 59th anniversary of the liberation of the Republic of Cuba, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“An authentic and independent path of the Cuban people was not easy. Cubans protected their identity, stayed loyal to the ideals of the Revolution, and enhanced the country's positions on the international arena,” the message of greetings reads.

The head of state stressed that Belarus will be always committed to friendship and close cooperation with Cuba.

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Andreichenko: Belarus-Cuba relations are based on friendship, mutual understanding

MINSK, 12 October (BelTA) – The relations between Belarus and Cuba are based on friendship and mutual understanding, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said at the meeting with Cuban Ambassador to Belarus Gerardo Suarez Alvarez on 12 October, BelTA has learned.

This year Belarus and Cuba are marking 25 years of diplomatic relations. “They have always been based on friendship and mutual understanding, and they have been so since the Soviet times,” said Vladimir Andreichenko. He added that over 25 years the two countries have built a robust foundation of cooperation, thanks to the leaders of the two states in the first place.

The two states have been steadily developing a legal framework of the bilateral relations. For instance, this year the agreements on cooperation were signed by the agrarian and culture ministries. The inter-parliamentary ties have been strengthening as well. Vladimir Andreichenko thanked the Cuban side for the support of the National Assembly in seeking the status of the observer in the Latin American Parliament. “We are very active there,” the speaker said.

Belarusian MPs have always supported Cuba in international organizations, advocating for the release of the Cuban Five and the end of the United States embargo against Cuba. Gerardo Suarez Alvarez is completing its diplomatic mission in Belarus. He thanked the country's authorities for fruitful cooperation and also the Belarusian people for support and solidarity. “Belarus became a true friend for Cuba long time ago. The two states enjoy great political relations. Some progress has been made in the trade and economic cooperation,” he stressed.

The two countries have been successfully implementing the signed agreements, for instance, the ones on mutual supplies. Under the document, Cuba exports mediations to Belarus, while Belarus sells agricultural equipment to Cuba. Over the past 2.5 years the volume of mutual supplies reached $6 million. The states continue talks to prolong the loan agreement, develop sci-tech cooperation.

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Belarus, Cuba interested in bigger role of parliaments in expanding bilateral ties

Belarus and Cuba are interested in enhancing the role of Belarus in the expansion of bilateral ties in politics, trade, economy, humanitarian field and other areas. The statement was made at the meeting of Belarus' Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Evgeny Shestakov and Vice President of the Cuban National Assembly Ana Maria Mari Machado, BelTA has learned.

The meeting focused on the current state and development prospects of cooperation between the legislative authorities of the two countries. During the meeting. There were bilateral consultations on political issues with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Rogelio Sierra Diaz.

The sides praised a high level of mutual trust in the Belarusian-Cuban relations. They also shared opinions on a wide range of issues on the international and regional agenda. The parties discussed further enhancement of bilateral cooperation and efficient interaction of the two countries in international organizations. During the meeting.

Evgeny Shestakov is paying a working visit to Cuba on 3-6 July.

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2 planes collide at Minsk Airport due to stormy weather

Several planes have been damaged by a storm at the airport in the capital of Belarus, with two aircraft colliding on the airfield. There have been no reports of injuries.

The planes that collided belong to the Belarusian Belavia Airlines and the Ruby Star Air Carrier Company, pictures posted on social media show. Belavia officials have already confirmed to the local media that the company’s airplanes were hit by the storm.

“There are problems in the airport because of the storm,” a Belavia representative told Belorussian news portal, adding that “some aircraft are damaged, including ours.”

"There are no dead or injured from the incident,” the company representatives added.

There were no passengers onboard the two planes that collided, the Belavia press service told journalists.

The airport press service said that several windows in the airport terminal had been smashed and a suspended ceiling system was deformed in several places due to rough wind and heavy rains.

Several flights were also re-routed to alternate airport in the Belorussian city of Gomel, and another was re-routed to the city of Vilnius in neighboring Lithuania.

The airport now is now operating as usual, the press service added.

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Belarus Announces Intergovernmental Meeting with Cuba

The first session of the intergovernmental commission for cooperation with Cuba will take place in early May in Havana.

According to sources in the State Committee for Science and Technologies, preparatory and organizational tasks of the first major meeting between the two countries were the main topic in a recent meeting between the head of that Russian body and the Cuban ambassador Gerardo Suarez.

The Belarusian-Cuban commission will be responsible for analyze projects for scientific-technical, economic and trade collaboration in its first working session in 2016.

The two governments are interested in strengthening the exchange in the areas of agriculture, construction machinery, energy, health and environmental and ecological protection.

In parallel, the stay of the Belarusian delegation in Cuba includes a program of official visits to the respective ministries and Cuban entities, reported Belta agency.

It was also announced tours of the National Cancer Institute, the Center for Molecular Immunology and the University of Havana.

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Belarus chancellor signs pacts in Havana

Belarus and Cuba on Tuesday (June 24) signed agreements that will bring both countries closer together politically and commercially, the daily Juventud Rebelde reported on Wednesday.

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