Minister Schwarzenberg made a phone call to Belarusian minister
19.12.2012 / 20:22
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Belarus, Minister Karel Schwarzenberg made a phone call to his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makey on December 17th.
Ministers agreed on the importance of mutual communication and expressed the interest in its widening, not only at the bilateral level, but also within the EU. Minister Schwarzenberg repeated that Czech Republic is interested in cooperation with Belarus within the Eastern Partnership as both Ministers endorsed the benefits brought by the programme.
The unsatisfactory human rights situation in Belarus, including the issue of political prisoners, was also discussed.
In spite of different views, both sides confirmed their interest in strengthening Czech – Belarusian relations and the relations between the EU and Belarus. Ministers also found agreement on the mutual interest to strengthen the dialogue.