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President’s visits to Indonesia, Singapore strengthen positions of Belarus in Southeast Asia

MINSK, 2 April (BelTA) – Recent visits of the Belarus President to Indonesia and Singapore have solidified positions of Belarus in Southeast Asia, Vladimir Andreichenko, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, said on 2 April as he opened the second session of the House of Representatives of the fifth convocation, BelTA has learned.

According to Vladimir Andreichenko, closer cooperation with the economic flagships of the region with help build up ties in various fields. This opens up prospects for cooperation not only in the bilateral format, but also with the entire ASEAN bloc.

Speaking about international contacts, the chairman of the lower chamber said that parliamentary delegations from India, Indonesia, Singapore and representatives of international parliamentary organizations are planning to pay visits to Belarus. Belarusian MPs, for their part, are planning to visit Armenia, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and other countries.

Belarus is also working under the aegis of the Interparliamentary Union, OSCE PA and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, the parliamentary body of the Central European Initiative, the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy.

Vladimir Andreichenko remarked that in February the parliamentary delegation which comprised representatives of various agencies and enterprises paid a visit to Cambodia. The visit resulted in signing a number of cooperation documents in the parliamentary sector and education. Apart from that, the sides agreed on the delivery of Belarusian equipment and the opening of assembly facilities in Cambodia.

The Belarusian delegation also took part in the winter session of the OSCE PA in Vienna, met with various diplomats and with President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic.