Biden meets with opposition leader Belarus, backs ‘quest for democracy’

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US President Joe Biden met with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Wednesday morning and expressed his support for democracy and human rights in the former Soviet republic.

“I was honored to meet @Tsihanouskaya at the White House this morning. The United States stands behind the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights,” Biden wrote in a Twitter post.

During a visit to the country, Tsikhanouskaya has urged stronger action by the United States against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko. She previously met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the top US diplomat, and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Last week, she asked US officials to impose sanctions on companies in her country’s potash, oil, timber and steel sectors.

“Thank you, @POTUS, for a strong sign of solidarity with millions of fearless Belarusians fighting peacefully for their freedom. Today Belarus stands on the front lines of the struggle between democracy and autocracy. The world is behind us. Belarus will be a success story,” Tsikhanouskaya wrote in her own Twitter post.

Thank you, @POTUS, for a strong sign of solidarity with millions of fearless Belarusians fighting peacefully for their freedom. Today Belarus is on the frontline of the struggle between democracy and autocracy. The world is with us. Belarus becomes a success story. pic.twitter.com/uwmItljDUp

— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) July 28, 2021

(REUTERS)