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Belarus establishes diplomatic relations with The Bahamas

The Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Belarus and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas was signed on December 9 at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the United Nations in New York.

From Belarus, the Communiqué was signed by Valentin Rybakov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the UN, and from The Bahamas – by Sheila Carey, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the UN.

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas occupies the same group of islands in the West Indies in the Atlantic Ocean, north of the Caribbean and Cuba, southeast of the Florida Peninsula. The state includes about 700 islands and 2,000 coral reefs. The total area is 13.9 thousand sq. km; population – 385.6 thousand people (2018); Gross Domestic Product – 12.8 billions US dollars (2018). The independence of the country was declared on July 10, 1973.

After signing, heads of Missions of Belarus and The Bahamas to the UN held a short conversation, during which they discussed the perspectives for bilateral cooperation in the economic and political fields, as well as through international organisations.