Joe Biden received this Wednesday at the White House the Belarusian opponent in exile Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, in Washington for ten days.
“The United States stands alongside the Belarusian people in their quest for democracy and universal human rights,” the American president said in a tweet accompanied by a photo showing him conversing with the opponent.
The opponent, who claims to have won the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, thanked the Democratic president “for a powerful sign of solidarity with the millions of courageous Belarusians who are fighting peacefully for their freedom.” “The world stands by our side,” added Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on the same social network.
Thank you, @POTUS, for a powerful sign of solidarity with millions of fearless Belarusians who are peacefully fighting for their freedom. Today, Belarus is on the frontline of the battle between democracy and autocracy. The world stands with us. Belarus will be a success story. pic.twitter.com/uwmItljDUp
– Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) July 28, 2021
His meeting with Joe Biden was an “honor” for the latter, and an “opportunity for him to personally express his support for the people of Belarus,” added a senior US executive, on condition of anonymity.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who arrived in the American capital on July 18, also met with the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken, to whom she transmitted a list of public Belarusian companies against which the United States should, according to her, impose sanctions. or strengthen existing ones.
“We hope for active American participation”
“Only Belarusians themselves can lead the country towards democratic change, but we hope for an active American participation and not only symbolic”, she launched during a round table organized by the Association of correspondents in the department. of American state.
Entering politics after her husband’s imprisonment, she fled to Lithuania after claiming to have beaten President Lukashenko in the ballot on August 9, 2020, which was followed by large pro-democracy protests violently repressed by the government.