The Belarusian leader flew to Washington on July 18; she was met at the airport by U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher. The working program of the visit began at 2 p.m. local time in Freedom Plaza with a meeting with the Belarusian diaspora.
It is such an honor to have been greeted by @USAmbBelarus upon my arrival in Washington D.C. Ambassador Fisher has been working tirelessly to support Belarus. I am very excited to start my visit to the United States and I hope it will help Belarus on its way to democracy! pic.twitter.com/zZpl619vAf
— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) July 18, 2021
“I am honored to have been welcomed by the U.S. Ambassador to Belarus upon my arrival in Washington. Ambassador Fisher worked tirelessly to support Belarus. I am very glad to start my visit to the USA and I hope it will help Belarus on its way to democracy,” wrote Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Twitter.
On Monday, July 19, Tsikhanouskaya has high-level meetings at the State Department, and on Tuesday – at the White House.
The leader of the Belarusian opposition has been invited to the opening ceremony of a bipartisan Belarusian caucus in the U.S. Congress, a group of American congressmen who will work exclusively on the topic of Belarus. This is the first time in history that the U.S. provides such support to Belarusians.
Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya is going to meet with the members of the US House of Representatives from the Democratic and Republican Parties, as well as with Samantha Power, head of USAID, the American International Aid Agency.
She will also give interviews to the world’s leading media outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC, Foreign Policy, National Interest, Voice of America and hold a meeting with the editors of the Washington Post.
The program of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s visit to the USA for the second half of the week will be published in the coming days.