Coop with China is priority of Belarus foreign policy - DM

MINSK, September 13, 2006. KAZINFORM. - Defence Minister Colonel-General Leonid Maltsev said the development of relations with China is one of the priorities of Belarus' foreign policy.

In his meeting with Chinese Defence Minister Colonel-General Cao Gangchuan on Wednesday, Maltsev said, "Cooperation with China is one of the priorities of Belarus' foreign policy. Our relations are developing successfully on the base of mutual benefit and mutual respect."

"We are meeting not as officials and defence ministers but as old good friends," the Belarussian minister said. In his words, "normal human relations have always the most solid base and guarantor for developing relations in other fields."

Maltsev said he is satisfied that a great number of Chinese specialists arrived in Minsk. Thus, "we have concrete talks on concrete matters," he stressed, Kazinform refers to Itar-Tass.

The Chinese delegation, which arrived in Minsk on Tuesday, will stay in Belarus till September 17. As part of the visit the delegation will meet Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and visit the Military Academy, the Dudutki museum, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Brest fortress.

The Chinese military will be also awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples.