The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is intent on maintaining the dialogue and building up partnership with Belarus. The statement was made by Ivars Lasis, a representative of the Security Policy Department of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the international seminar held in Minsk on 8 December to discuss international security and NATO in the year 2015, BelTA has learned. The Latvian embassy in Belarus acts as the contact embassy of NATO in Belarus. According to Ivars Lasis, NATO continues vigorous cooperation with all the partners that make a major contribution to security. “We would like partners to benefit while making their security stronger. The policy of partnership indicates that together we can reinforce stability,” the representative of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was convinced. In his words, NATO and Belarus build partnering relations on the basis of mutual respect, advantageousness and equality. “There are many pros that encourage stronger cooperation. We are in favor of continuing transparency efforts. Exchange of military observers is a good example of partnership. The practice should be continued,” said Ivars Lasis. He also pointed out the importance of partnership in preventing emergencies. “Latvia is intent on maintaining the dialogue and building up cooperation with Belarus. In the future it may lead to more practical steps,” said the representative of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The international seminar has been organized by the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Center in association with the International Relations Department of the Belarusian State University with assistance of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.