On April 12-13, 2018 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Oleg Kravchenko, visits Lisbon (the Portuguese Republic) to participate in the second round of the Belarusian-Portuguese political consultations and bilateral meetings.
During the visit, O.Kravchenko met with the State Secretary for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias. During the meeting, the parties discussed the development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, prospects for Belarus' cooperation with the European Union, including within the Eastern Partnership Initiative.
The state and prospects for the Belarusian-Portuguese relations, cooperation within international organizations, the dialogue between Belarus and the EU, as well as a number of issues on the international and regional agenda were discussed during the meeting of O.Kravchenko with the Political Director of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Pedro Costa Pereira.
On the same day, Oleg Kravchenko and Pedro Costa Pereira signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on Economic Cooperation that establishes Joint Belarusian-Portuguese Commission on Economic Cooperation, as well as Protocol of Cooperation on Consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Portugal and Belarus.
During the meeting with the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Assembly of the Republic, Sergio Sousa Pinto, the sides discussed the development of bilateral relations, the possibilities for expansion of inter-parliamentary cooperation, the prospects for developing contacts between the regions of the two countries in the fields of economy and culture.
Opening in Lisbon of the exhibition “From Lisbon via Minsk, Moscow, Astana to Vladivostok” is a significant event in the history of the Belarusian-Portuguese cultural cooperation, and can be considered a sign of an increased recognition of Belarus in Europe.