Strategic partners define prospect

Belarus seeks closer trade-economic collaboration with Armenia and further development of relations within the CSTO

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has told the Secretary of the National Security Council of Armenia, Arthur Baghdasaryan, that Belarus and Armenia should endeavour to intensify trade and economic ties. He expressed his regret that, last year, Belarusian-Armenian trade declined, but noted that, at one point, Belarus and Armenia had no bilateral trade at all. Naturally, the potential for developing our relations is huge.

On the eve of Mr. Baghdasaryan’s visit to Minsk, Armenia proposed the intensification of relations, expressing its readiness to buy a range of Belarusian goods -- including agricultural machinery and consumer products. Every opportuniis available for this; in particular, as a Belarusian Trading House operates in Armenia.

Mr. Lukashenko has said that he will order the Government to intensify co-operation with Armenia. Belarus is ready to find ways to supply its commodities to Armenia, including the establishment of joint ventures. At the initial stage, assembly of some machinery and equipment is possible; their production in Armenia could then follow.

The Head of State names collaboration within the CSTO as the second major area of co-operation with Armenia. “We have no closed topics in this sphere and will continue co-operating as we always have done. Please feel free to send your specialists to Belarus. We’re ready to discuss any issue,” he added.

Mr. Lukashenko thanked Armenia for co-ordinating its position with Belarus regarding international co-operation. In turn, Mr. Baghdasaryan emphasised that Belarus is Armenia’s ally and that his country plans to further develop strategic partnership.

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