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Belarus-Venezuela relations in international arena ‘vibrant’

MINSK, 3 February (BelTA) – Belarus and Venezuela have been actively cooperating within the international organizations, head of the Foreign Ministry’s department for Latin America Viktor Kozintsev said in a meeting marking the 15th anniversary of Belarusian-Venezuelan diplomatic relations and the 20th anniversary of the military coup in Venezuela.

Viktor Kozintsev emphasized that the two countries speak in favor of multipolar world order, cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect and equality which rules out any interference with the domestic affairs of sovereign states. Both the states back the Non-Aligned Movement in the issues of supporting the international peace and security, and share the opinion on the need to increase the role of the organization in the world processes.

All-round cooperation between Belarus and Venezuela contributes to a high level of the bilateral political collaboration, the diplomat said.

In May 2010 two Belarusian schools were named after Venezuela’s national heroes: Minsk School No.114 and School No.17 in Gomel.

The Simon Bolivar Latin American Cultural Center was opened in Minsk in April 2009. The Belarusian parliament has set up a taskforce to develop cooperation with the parliament of Venezuela.

Belarus and Venezuela have created a solid legal framework over the 15 years of diplomatic relations. The two countries have so far signed nearly 30 interstate, intergovernmental and ministerial agreements.