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Belarusian foreign minister dies at age 64 – media

Vladimir Makey has died suddenly, Belta news agency reportsBelarusian foreign minister dies at age 64 – media

Belarusian foreign minister dies at age 64 – media

Vladimir Makei ©  Sputnik / Vladimir Trefilov

Vladimir Makey, who led the Belarusian Foreign Ministry since 2012, died suddenly at age 64 on Saturday, Belarusian news agency Belta reported, citing the ministry’s spokesman, Anatoly Glaz. The news outlet has not provided any details about the circumstances or causes of the minister’s death.

A career diplomat, Makey worked with the Belarusian Foreign Ministry since 1993 after graduating from Austria’s Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He represented Belarus in the Council of Europe and served as an adviser to the Belarusian ambassador to Paris in the 1990s. 

In the 2000s, he worked as an aide to President Aleksandr Lukashenko and headed the presidential administration between 2008 and 2012 before taking up the position of foreign minister.

Just one day before his death, Makey met with the Vatican’s ambassador to Minsk, Ante Jozic. The meeting marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Belarus. The minister and the ambassador discussed bilateral relations, as well as the position of the Catholic Church in Belarus, the ministry said at the time.

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