Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses Chinese trade fair with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addressed a Chinese trade fair which also included a speech by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

r Martin gave a pre-recorded speech that was broadcast at the China International Trade in Services Fair.

Ireland is the “country of honor” of the fair held at the China National Convention Center and Shougang Park in Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the opening speech at the opening ceremony on Thursday.

It was reported in Chinese media that other speakers included the Taoiseach, Mr. Lukachenko, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Deputy Director General of the World Organization. of trade Anabel Gonzalez.

Mr Martin recently met exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and criticized Mr Lukashenko’s kidnapping of journalist Roman Protasevich from a Ryanair flight in May.

“The forced landing of an airliner in Belarus today to arrest a journalist is absolutely unacceptable,” Martin said at the time.

“These unprecedented actions have caused widespread concern across the EU and they must be addressed,” he added.

The Taoiseach spokesperson said today: “The Taoiseach has sent a prerecorded message of goodwill to the Summit of the International Trade in Services Fair currently taking place in Beijing.

“It is a major trade fair, with a large international presence and supported by the WTO, UNCTAD (the United Nations trade body) and the OECD.

“This year’s event is taking place in a hybrid form – both physical and online – and the four Irish corporate agencies (IDA, Enterprise Ireland. Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland) and a number of Irish companies will present the best of Ireland – in areas such as tourism, culture, higher education, technology and agribusiness – to high-profile Chinese and international audiences.

“As the world turns to economic recovery from Covid19, this is an important opportunity for Ireland and Irish businesses to engage and forge new business relationships,” the spokesperson added.

Irish Ambassador to China Ann Derwin will attend the fair in person, and 12 Irish member organizations of the Ireland China Science and Technology Association will participate online.


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