Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus is a republican body of governance reporting to the Government of the Republic of Belarus.
The MFA pursues a public policy in the domain of foreign relations and coordinates our country’s international political and economic activity in line with the Bylaw (in Russian) on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, enacted by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus.
The MFA is responsible for the sphere of international relations. Its mission is to promote the rights and interests of the Republic of Belarus on the international arena; ensure the exercise of rights of Belarusian citizens and organizations abroad; provide favorable conditions for advancing our economic interests abroad; collect information about and study the conditions and tendencies in international development; draft regulations on the foreign-policy and foreign-economic course of the Republic of Belarus etc.
The MFA also coordinates cooperation between local and foreign governmental bodies, international organizations and intergovernmental institutions; organizes and participates in the visits of state and government delegations of the Republic of Belarus abroad; negotiates with the representatives of foreign countries, international organizations and intergovernmental institutions; contributes to organizing international forums both in Belarus and abroad, etc.
At the moment (as of October 2012) Belarus maintains diplomatic relations with 172 countries. 48 diplomatic and consular posts have been established in 50 of them, including 46 embassies, two embassies/permanent delegations to international organizations, two permanent delegations to international organizations, nine consulates general and one consulate. Subdivisions of the Belarus Embassies are located in 11 regions of Russia, one in Kazakhstan and one in Germany.
44 embassies, 3 embassy subdivisions, 1 trade mission, 25 consular offices (including honorary consuls) represent foreign states in Belarus. 17 international organization representations work in our country. 85 non-resident diplomatic missions are accredited in the Republic of Belarus.
Belarus is party to around 3500 international agreements including over 1900 bilateral and around 1500 multilateral.
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