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Belarus advocates for strategic cooperation with Venezuela

MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) – Belarus stands for multilateral cooperation with Venezuela, Sergei Kizima, Doctor of Political Science, Head of the Department of International Relations of the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, said at the meeting in the House of Friendship on 2 February to mark the 15th anniversary of Belarusian-Venezuelan diplomatic relations and the 20th anniversary of the military coup in Venezuela.

Sergei Kizima stressed the importance of further development of strategic partnership with Venezuela based on friendship between the two nations. According to the political analyst, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has done a lot to improve the wellbeing of his people. Over a decade of Chavez’s presidency, the number of students has doubled and the number of medical workers has increased 11 times in Venezuela. For the first time ever resources were allocated to improve living conditions of the Venezuelan people.

Sergei Kizima believes that Belarus and Venezuela have good prospects for further development of all-round relations.

Charge d’Affairs ad Interim of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Gerardo Estrada spoke about historical importance of the military coup in Venezuela on 4 February 1992. He stressed that independent Venezuela now focuses on building up relations with friendly states including Belarus.

Attending the event was also member of the National Assembly’s taskforce for cooperation with the Parliament of Venezuela, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic’s permanent commission on education, science, culture and social development Anatoly Novikov.

Ali Primera and Yolanda Moreno bands of the Simon Bolivar Latin American Cultural Center performed at the meeting.