Lajcak Departs for Belarus, Set to Meet Lukashenko

Bratislava, September 6 (TASR) - Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak is set to discuss the state of reforms in Belarus and the role of Slovakia in determining the EU's stance towards Minsk during his visit to the country on Sunday and Monday, ministry spokesman Peter Stano told TASR earlier on Sunday.

During his trip, Lajcak is set to meet with his counterpart Sergei Martynov, representatives of the Opposition, the media and civic society. A meeting with Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko is also on Lajcak's agenda.

"I will hold the meeting with President Lukashenko as a minister of an EU-member country and I will present the EU's positions there," said Lajcak prior to trip.

He added that he hopes to have a better idea of where Belarus is headed, and to help see that the ongoing reforms in the country are irreversible.

"In line with this, we'll then formulate our recommendations for a session of the Council of the EU in December, where the EU's further stance vis-a-vis Belarus will be decided," he added.

The Slovak delegation includes a group of 20 entrepreneurs, with Lajcak due to open a Slovak-Belarus trade forum aimed at boosting economic cooperation between the two countries.



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