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Solana To Meet With Belarusian President In Minsk

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana (left) is greeted in Minsk by opposition leader Alyaksandr Kazulin (center) and Zhanna Litvina of the Association of Belarusian Journalists.
BRUSSELS -- European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana is in Belarus for a one-day visit.

Solana will meet with President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Foreign Minister Syarhey Martynau to discuss developments in Belarus, Minsk-Brussels relations, and the Eastern Partnership.

Solana will also meet with opposition leader and former presidential candidate Alyaksandr Milinkevich and other representatives of Belarusian civil society, RFE/RL reports.

In recent months, the EU and Belarus have both signaled an interest in stronger cooperation.

The EU has suspended a travel ban against top officials while Belarus has taken some cautious steps towards political liberalization.

Belarus has expressed interest in joining the Eastern Partnership program, a EU foreign policy initiative to upgrade relations with its neighbors.