Three years later, the ambassador of Kyrgyzstan returned to Belarus. The head of diplomatic mission in Minsk was withdrawn in 2012 due to refusal to extradite the ex-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was ousted in April 2010.
"Earlier this week, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan to Belarus Kubanychbek Omuraliev presented the letter of credence to the President Alexander Lukashenko," official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Nurlan Suerkulov told Interfax today.
He noted that with the appointment of the Ambassador, the Republic resumed full activity of the diplomatic mission in Minsk. "We hope for intensification of bilateral relations with Belarus, for development of integration ties within the membership of Kyrgyzstan in the Eurasian Economic Union, for implementation of the existing potential of our cooperation," he said.
However, he recalled that Kyrgyzstan-Belarus relations a few years ago were "somehow complicated" by the presence in Belarus of the former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the homeland.
Nurlan Suerkulov stressed that the issue of presence of the ex-president of Kyrgyzstan in Belarus and his extradition to his homeland "remains on the agenda" of bilateral relations.
Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic was withdrawn from Minsk in August 2012 due to refusal of the Belarusian side to extradite the fugitive Bakiyev and his family, including his younger brother, the former head of the presidential guard Zhanybek (Zhanysh) Bakiyev, condemned in homeland for serious crimes and included in the international wanted list. Another request for the extradition of Bakiyev official Bishkek has sent in February 2015, but it was denied.