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The presidents of Ukraine and Belarus sent 85th birthday greetings to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

In Victor Yuschenko’s greetings Saturday to Peres, he expressed his confidence that the high level of bilateral relations and cooperation between Ukraine and the State of Israel will serve well the interests of both states and peoples.

“Once again I want to express my desire to receive you in Ukraine for a visit at any time convenient to you,” Yuschenko’s letter read.

The Ukraine leader wished “robust health, family happiness, new achievements and success in your state activity” and “peace, prosperity and well-being to the friendly Israeli people.”

President Alexander Lukashenko in his statement congratulating Peres said “with conviction” that cooperation between Belarus and Israel “will improve in all spheres.”

“Today the ties between Belarus and Israel are not very well developed,” the statement said.

Belarus is developing cooperation with Arab countries including Iran. Experts say that it can influence negatively on the relations between Belarus and Israel.

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