January 21, 2017
Pursuant to the U.S. Constitution, a ceremony of inauguration of President of the United States Donald John Trump and Vice President of the United States Michael Richard Pence took place in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017.
In conformity with the protocol practice existing in the United States, foreign delegations are not invited to Washington, and at principal inaugural events the Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions at Washington represent their respective chiefs of state and their governments.
On behalf of the Republic of Belarus, Charge d’Affaires, a.i. of Belarus in the U.S. Pavel Shidlovsky took part in the Inauguration Ceremonies and in protocol events held in the U.S. capital on January 17-21.
The central event was taking the oath of office by Donald Trump. In his inaugural speech, the 45th President noted that the United States would seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world and recognized that it was the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
Belarus and the United States during the last few years have followed the path of normalization of relations. The Belarusian side expects that this process will continue with the new administration of the White House.