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5 Oct 2015

Call for more active political dialogue between Belarus, Latvia

MINSK, 5 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko believes that intensification of the political dialogue between Belarus and Latvia is one of the most urgent tasks on the bilateral agenda. Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he accepted the credentials of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Latvia to Belarus Martins Virsis on 5 October, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian leader stressed that Belarus and Latvia do not only share a common border, but are also connected by long traditions of good neighborliness.

“By joint efforts, we have managed to build strong bridges in trade and investment and establish regional and cross-border cooperation,” Alexander Lukashenko pointed out.

He also said that he held two meetings with the Latvian President in New York to discuss the prospects of bilateral cooperation.

Latvia is one of Belarus’ major trading partners and investors. Besides, it is one of the main transit corridors for Belarusian exports. In 2014, the bilateral trade totaled $655 million. Belarus’ export reached $504 million. In January-July 2015, the trade between the two countries totaled $410 million. Belarus’ export made up $362.1 million. The list of Belarusian exports to Latvia features more than 400 items.

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