Belarus’ Deputy FM takes part in US conference on religious freedom

On July 16-18, Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleh Krauchanka visited Washington, DC.

“The central element of the visit’s program was participation in the 2nd Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, initiated by the U.S. Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo. The event was attended by heads and representatives of Foreign Ministries from 115 countries, as well as religious leaders and representatives of civil society from all over the world. The conference was the largest human rights event ever organized by the U.S. Department of State,” the press service of the Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs reports.

The top official reaffirmed Belarus’ commitment to the principles of religious freedom, outlined the state’s policies in this field, and also noted historically established peaceful coexistence of various religious denominations in Belarus.

However, representatives of some denominations often have issues in Belarus. For example, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church even entered the debate with the country’s leadership of the country, calling some of the measures taken discriminatory.

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As reported earlier, Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent in July. During the meeting, the sides discussed a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda, including ways to further develop Belarusian-American relations,

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