Polish foreign minister satisfied with visit to Belarus

Assessing the results of his visit to Belarus, Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski voiced hope that the European Union will aim at liberalizing visa restrictions for representatives of the authorities in Minsk.

He announced bilateral talks which would aim at dropping the visa ban for Belarusian VIPs introduced as sanctions for violating human rights by the Lukashenko regime:

'We would like our citizens to travel to each other's country without any problems. We will jointly consider lowering visa prices and liberalizing rules for their granting. Also developing better cooperation between consular services. We will look at ways for doing away with EU entry visas for Belarusian officials.'

Minister Sikorski declared Poland considers Belarus a European partner. He underscored the visit to Minsk and talks with his Belarusian opposite number had full EU approval and were held thanks to the latest promising developments in Belarus, mainly the release of political prisoners.

Poland's head of diplomacy also positively acknowledged the fact of allowing international on-the-spot observers to evaluate the recent parliamentary elections in Belarus.



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