Profitable projects will always be repaid

Belarus proposes that Iran restores former high level of interaction, including in trade-economic and investment fields
Ali LarijaniBy Vladimir Khromov

Belarus proposes that Iran restores former high level of interaction, including in trade-economic and investment fields.

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has met the Chairman of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Larijani, and noted, “We should restore the highest level of co-operation, the way it was before, as soon as possible.” He also said that the visit was a landmark one for restoring the intensity of Belarus-Iran relations. “We’ve always viewed Iran as a promising partner for co-operation. Moreover, we had, and still have very tight and friendly relations,” stressed the President.

Meanwhile, Mr. Lukashenko drew attention to the falling level of contacts. “Belarus-Iran trade has dropped recently due to the external impact on Iran, although we are having a hard time, too. We have started losing some threads of interaction, and your visit is very important for us in this regard,” said the President. He believes there is a basis to enter the highest level of collaboration, taking into account the existing huge experience of bilateral liaisons. “I don’t have to mention our capabilities,” noted the Head of state. “You know Belarus well, while we know Iran. Our capabilities and yours are colossal. It would be a good idea for us to resume co-operation by virtue of our capabilities.”

Mr. Lukashenko underlined that Belarus is interested in Iranian investments. “Before sanctions, Iran was ready to invest up to $1bn in Belarus. We understand that there are certain difficulties and hardships, including those that private investors experience. We would like the Iranian state to support investors. We can allocate land plots for them, and these are located in prominent areas. Everyone knows that Iran is building logistic and trade centres, as well as houses,” noted the Head of Belarusian state.

Yet the President remarked, “I would like to see more movement, I would like you to demonstrate to everyone in the centre of Europe that Iran is alive, will live for a long time and will prosper in spite of our enemies”.

Speaking about the importance of Belarusian-Iranian projects, including investment projects, which are being implemented in Belarus, Mr. Lukashenko emphasised, “Those are profitable projects and they will pay for themselves”.

The President also said that the visit of the Chairman of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly was a landmark for the restoration of the intensity of Belarusian-Iranian relations.

On his side, Mr. Larijani stated that Iran was ready to develop all-round relations with Belarus, based on the existing positive co-operation experience. “We should use our experience and create a new atmosphere for collaboration,” he said.
He passed the best wishes to the President of Belarus from his country’s authorities. “Iran views Belarus as its friend and partner, and you play a very important role in this,” noted the Chairman. He assured him that the new government and the parliament were ‘determined to develop all-round relations with Belarus’.
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