September 17, 2019 / 1:58 PM / a month ago

Belarus, U.S. look to bring back ambassadors after 10-year hiatus

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale in Minsk, Belarus September 17, 2019. Nikolai Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS

MINSK (Reuters) - The United States and Belarus will announce plans on Tuesday to bring back ambassadors to their posts in their respective countries after a 10-year hiatus, U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale said during a trip to Minsk.

Belarus has been at odds with the West for years over its human rights record and crackdown on political dissent.

Speaking at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on Tuesday, Hale said that Washington “strongly supports the sovereignty and independence of Belarus”.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Catherine Evans

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