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Lukashenko: Belarus is an open and peaceful country

MINSK, 24 August (BelTA) – Belarus is an open and peaceful country, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has said as he met with participants of the TV project Welcome to Belarus on 24 August, BelTA has learnt.

According to the President, the words Welcome to Belarus are addressed to all visitors coming here. Belarusians are happy to welcome guests and know how to treat them. “Belarus is an open country. We are very peaceful and sincere people; we want to be friends with everyone, we want to trade freely, visit other people, communicate with them. We are not hostile to anyone. We always wish happiness and prosperity to everyone,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Addressing the foreign guests, the President emphasized that the impressions they got during a week of staying in Belarus are particularly important: “We live in Belarus, we love the country. However, as time goes by, we get used to all the beauty around us and take it for granted. There are a lot of amazing places in Belarus where your soul can have a rest”.

The foreign guests had an opportunity to visit the most picturesque places of Belarus, see the best enterprises. “Belarusians have always been industrious people. BelAZ, Spartak confectionary, Belshina – all of them are the pride of Belarus. God did not bless us with a lot of natural resources; therefore, Belarusians have learnt to make their living using their hands and brains,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to the head of state, this meeting is an opportunity to hear the opinion of other nations about Belarus. “If you have noticed any flaws, please, go ahead and tell us. Believe me, your opinion means a lot to all of us and me. You have a fresh view of the things; your impressions are clear and fresh. Most importantly, you are sincere and open people who I hope have best wishes for our land and our people. Your opinion will help us make Belarus even a better place,” the Belarusian leader said. Alexander Lukashenko invited all the participants of the meeting to have an open discussion about Belarus.

As part of the TV project, Belarus welcomed six families from China, Germany, South Korea, Spain, France and the United States. All of them have come to Belarus for the first time.

The participants of the project were to study landmarks of one of Belarus’ regions as thoroughly as possible. During five days they travelled across the country, met with local people, visited the country’s leading companies, tried the national cuisine and studied Belarusian history and culture.

According to organizers of the project, the major goal of the show is to see Belarus the way foreigners see it, to confirm that there are a lot of things in Belarus we should appreciate and be proud of.