On March 10, 2020 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Andrei Dapkiunas, met with the Charge d'Affaires of the Netherlands to the Republic of Belarus, the Head of Minsk Office of the Embassy of the Netherlands, Henricus Johannes van Oosterhout.
The sides discussed the collaboration of Belarus and the Netherlands on multilateral diplomacy issues and humanitarian affairs. The Deputy Minister expressed gratitude for the implementation of Dutch humanitarian projects in Belarus, including those aimed at skills improvement and exchange of experience of professionals in the field of medicine, as well as at the improvement of the health of Belarusian children in the Netherlands. The Chargé d'Affaires noted a significant recent increase in interest and attention in the development of relations with Belarus.
The interlocutors expressed mutual interest in considering the possibility of initiating project cooperation between the two countries to promote the achievement of the sustainable development goals. The Deputy Minister emphasized the particular relevance of such step in the context of the expected adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development until 2035.
The Deputy Minister and the Chargé d'Affaires exchanged views on other possible ways to expand comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, including in the field of sustainable energy, business and cultural exchanges, and agreed on mutual initial steps in this direction.