Long friendship: Letter from al-Assad given into Lukashenka’s hands

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Belarus president Alyaksandr Lukashenka has had a meeting with Syrian minister of presidential affairs Mansour Azzam on Thursday.

“It is splendid that you have arrived in Belarus. It is good for us to get first-hand information about the situation in the country and to learn how the respected Syrian people and the president of Syria are getting along,” he said.

According to Mansour Azzam, the meeting with the Belarusian president is a of the warm relations between the leaders of the two countries.

The Syrian minister handed over a letter from Bashar al-Assad to Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The state-run news agency BelTA failed to go into detail about its contents.

Belarusian president Lukashenka made friends with his Syrian counterpart well ahead of the start of the war. A year ago, in an interview with TV station ONT, Bashar al-Assad called on Belarusians not to yield to ‘present-day Nazism in the form of Western occupation’.

According to the 2017 military conflicts report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the war in Syria remains the deadliest conflict in the world. Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons against civilians. According to the NGO Syrian Center for Political Studies, over 500,000 people were killed, millions were injured.


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