Belarus,Israel considering easier travel rules for citizens

Minsk, April 26 (NNN-BELTA) Belarus and Israel are working on bilateral agreements on social security and scientific co-operation and discussing a draft document on consular affairs to facilitate mutual travel for citizens of the two countries, Israeli Ambassador to Belarus Zeev Ben-Arie told BelTA.

He said substantial changes in the development of the bilateral legal base took place in 2006 when the Belarusian side ratified an agreement which regulates the establishment and functioning of cultural centres.

"It was the final step in systematizing the previous achievements and fulfilling mutual obligations. Now the sides can continue developing the plan for enhancing the treaty relations and to sign new agreements." said the diplomat.

He said after a long recess, a political visit from Israel to Belarus took place in 2006. Mark Sofer, the Deputy Director General for CIS and Central Europe of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, visited Minsk.

The two sides discussed positions of the two states in the international arena, mutual support at the United Nations and other international institutions as well as relations with third countries.

The head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's economic affairs department, Ilan Maor, also visited Belarus. The official held negotiations with the Belarusian Foreign Ministry and the Economy Ministry.

Ben-Arie expressed the hope that the agreements reached during these visits would come true. "The Israeli side has a lot of proposals Belarus may be interested in," the ambassador stressed.