Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has reaffirmed his country's willingness to build stable and constructive relations both with individual European countries and the European Union as a whole.
"As an inseparable part of Europe, we are seeking to build and maintain stable and constructive relations with the countries of Europe and the EU as a whole," Lukashenko said while accepting credentials from a number of foreign ambassadors to Belarus on Monday.
In particular, "we are delighted to see positive dynamics in Belarusian-Austrian dialogue. We highly value Austria's role in the development of investment cooperation with our country," Lukashenko said.
"I think it is time for us to start implementing more substantial joint economic projects," Lukashenko said.
Belarus also views Portugal as "an important and promising partner at the EU, interaction with which has great unused potential," Lukashenko said.
Belarus and Portugal should arrange "full-scale political dialogue and step up cooperation in the areas of mutual interest," he said.
Addressing the ambassadors, Lukashenko said Belarus is interested in "easing access for Belarusian goods to traditional and new markets, drawing modern technology and investments from abroad, and diversifying the channels for supplies of raw materials and energy resources."