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Belarus, Azerbaijan agree to expand economic cooperation


- Belarus and Azerbaijan have agreed to move to a new stage of economic cooperation, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko told the media after the talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on 14 April, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, during the talks on 13-14 April, the parties held a thorough review of relations. They confirmed the strategic nature of the relations between Belarus and Azerbaijan and co-opted the absence of problems or differences of opinion on the international agenda.

“Our assessments of the situation in the world fully coincide. There is clarity concerning further joint actions under the conditions of the global economic crisis, the pandemic and, most importantly, the ambiguous forecasts for the future,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. In his words, the two countries have made significant progress in their relations lately.

During the negotiations the parties also paid much attention to the trade and economic cooperation and the transition to a new stage of interaction. The matter pertains to technology transfer and the opening of new joint ventures in Azerbaijan in order to set up necessary production facilities and create new jobs. “We are ready to lend our shoulder and do it responsibly,” the president said.

Belarus sees great potential for cooperation ties in industry, agriculture, woodworking, information technologies, healthcare, tourism, and education. Good prospects are also seen for deepening cooperation in science and technology and the military-industrial sector.

The parties also analyzed the pandemic situation in the world. Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus launched mass vaccination of the population. Medications produced in the country following the Russian technologies will be used for this purpose. However, Belarus will not be able to consume the entire amount of vaccines produced. The country is ready to export vaccines, including to Azerbaijan. “This was perceived both positively and with a certain hope,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko invited Ilham Aliyev to Belarus, adding that some points of the program of his visit had already been planned. “We have always been and will remain reliable friends of your country,” the Belarusian leader said.

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