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Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Valentin Rybakov starts his visit to New York with a dinner to honour the Group of Friends of the Family

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Valentin Rybakov took part in a working dinner organized in honor of the Group of Friends of the Family in New York the American non-governmental organization “Alliance defending freedom.” The activities of the Group of Friends, created in February 2015 by the initiative of Belarus, Egypt and Qatar to promote the interests of the traditional family in the United Nations, enjoys considerable support of the American and international NGOs. The Group consists of 25 countries representing all regions of the world.

Mr V.Rybakov welcomed the activities of the Group in support of the family, thanked civil society for constructive cooperation and expressed hope for its continuation. The representative of Belarus drew attention of the participants of the event to the important role of the social institution of the family for sustainable development and prosperity of the countries, raising children and taking care of social groups that require the most protection and social support: the disabled, the elderly, children and women. The diplomat of Belarus offered the idea of holding during the UN Summit in September 2015 of a joint high-level event of the Group — an informal Summit to Support the Family.

The constructive discussion how to promote the interests of the family in the United Nations took place during the event. The Representatives of Member States of the Group of Friends of the Family, diplomats from other countries, the representatives of the American academia and civil society exchanged their views on this issue.