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No obstacles to closer Belarus-Finland ties, Andreichenko says

MINSK, 28 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Finland have no obstacles to closer cooperation, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko has said as he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Finland to Lithuania and Belarus (on concurrent) Harri Maki-Reinikka on 28 June, BelTA has learnt.

“Belarus and Finland are friendly states having no obstacles to tighter political and economic ties and cooperation in other areas,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.

Belarus knows Harri Maki-Reinikka as an experienced diplomat. The Speaker expressed hope that the ambassador will contribute to closer ties between the parliaments and overall cooperation between the two states. Vladimir Andreichenko added that at present the interparliamentary cooperation between Belarus and Finland is at a fledgling state, and it could be given a boost. “Belarusian MPs are ready for that,” he noted. He believes that the two countries should also bolster contacts between the regions and government agencies, including in science and culture. According to Vladimir Andreichenko, Belarus would like to study Finland’s experience in carrying out economic reforms and improving living standards.

The ambassador informed that this was his third visit to Minsk. He said that on 27 June he presented credentials to President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The diplomat was particularly interested in President’s views on cooperation prospects between the two countries.