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25 Nov 2016

Belarus-Azerbaijan cooperation lauded as example for other states

MINSK, 25 November (BelTA) – Azerbaijan is one of Belarus’ important and reliable political and economic partners. The bilateral relations have stood the test of time and have been advanced to the level of strategic cooperation relying on openness, trust, friendship, and mutual support, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview with Trend News Agency, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“We remember that the leadership of Azerbaijan provided timely support to Belarus when the country was in a difficult situation. A big contribution to the development of Belarus-Azerbaijan cooperation was made by Heydar Aliyev with whom we laid a solid foundation of bilateral cooperation. It would be impossible to reach the current high level of our relations without the corresponding attention of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev to these matters,” the head of state said.

In his words, back then the sides managed to determine the priorities of bilateral cooperation and coordinated agreements offering practical advantages for Belarus and Azerbaijan. “Your President and I maintain friendly and trust-based relations. Naturally, they have an impact on the entire system of interstate ties. There is a good practice of top-level meetings, the governments, parliaments, key ministries and agencies, business circles have established optimal cooperation,” the President said.

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that Belarus and Azerbaijan have similar positions on the international arena pursuing an independent foreign policy. The Belarusian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation is working hard. More than 270 enterprises of Belarus and Azerbaijan are involved in mutual trade operations selling hundreds of products to each other.

“I am especially pleased to mention the enhancement of bilateral cooperation in investment. The Azerbaijani business implements projects to set up logistics and business centers, to offer hospitality and public catering services, to develop the infrastructure in Belarus. Investors are interested in such industries as construction, food industry, machine-building, transport, tourism, banking and insurance services,” the President said.

“I am convinced that the current system of political, trade, economic, educational, cultural, and other ties between our countries is an important factor for the vigorous development of bilateral strategic partnership. I would like to repeat one thing that was once said about the cooperation with Azerbaijan: it is God’s blessing to have such relations with every state,” Alexander Lukashenko concluded.

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