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Belarus’ MPs to pay first visit to Brazil in May

MINSK, 27 April (BelTA) – A Belarusian parliamentary delegation will pay the first visit to Brazil in May 2012, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the Republic of Belarus Renato Luiz Rodrigues Marques on 27 April, BelTA has learnt.

“We appreciate the invitation to visit Brazil received from the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Brazil,” he said. The visit is scheduled for May this year.

Vladimir Andreichenko reminded that the President of Belarus visited Brazil in 2010. “The visit opened a new and very important page in the history of our relations,” the Speaker emphasized. He added that Belarus and Brazil hold similar views on many issues of the international agenda.

He noted that Belarus is interested in closer ties with Brazil. “Cooperation with Brazil is among the top priorities of our foreign policy in Latin America,” he said. Belarus and Brazil need to ramp up cooperation not only on the highest and parliamentary level, but also on the level of ministries and government agencies, businessmen and so on, Vladimir Andreichenko underlined.

The Brazilian diplomat noted that the embassy of Brazil in Minsk is not working yet. Renato Luiz Rodrigues Marques added that the visit of the Belarusian MPs to Brazil is extremely important and the Brazilian diplomatic mission will provide all kinds of assistance to arrange it.

Minsk has recently welcomed a delegation of a Brazilian state that wanted to discuss economic cooperation.

The diplomatic relations between Brazil and Belarus were established 20 years ago. In December 2010 Belarus opened its embassy in Brazil; in June 2011 a Brazilian diplomatic mission opened in Minsk. Last year Brazil was eighth largest trading partner of Belarus. Over the last five years, the bilateral trade more than tripled and exceeded $1.5 billion.