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Lukashenko: UAE is ready to help resolve situation with refugees on Belarus border

Christian Fernsby |
The United Arab Emirates is ready to play a role in resolving the situation with the refugees on Belarus’ border with the European Union member states, Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko said as he hosted a meeting to discuss the situation at the state border on 16 November, BelTA has learned.

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“I want to underline one more point: there are many good people who are ready to make a meaningful contribution to resolving the situation with the refugees and not only that on Belarus’ border with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia. Not only, but above all here.

"The United Arab Emirates is among the countries willing to play a role here. The leadership of this country has extensive experience in working with refugees, they have already taken part in resolving such problems in the world and handled thousands of refugees,” the head of state said.

According to the president, Belarus and the UAE keep in touch and there is an understanding that the UAE is ready to lend a helping hand in resolving the refugee crisis on the border.

“I would like to emphasize once again that today we are ready to use any opportunity and accept any assistance from any state, especially such a friendly nation as the United Arab Emirates,” the Belarusian leader noted.

According to Lukashenko, in the near future he plans to have talks with the leadership of the United Arab Emirates. “Moreover, this is a Muslim country, they have a good understanding with other countries and peoples. I think that the United Arab Emirates could play a significant role here,” the Belarusian head of state noted.

Lukashenko and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on November 17, held another telephone conversation about the problem of migrants at the borders of Belarus with EU countries.

According to a Belarus Today report, the politicians agreed that the problem would be brought up to the level of Belarus and the EU, and officials would immediately enter into negotiations to resolve the existing problem. Refugees' wishes to obtain asylum in Germany would be addressed in the same context.

Thousands of refugees, with most of them coming from the Middle East, are trying to enter Poland, Lithuania and other EU countries from Belarus.


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