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24 Oct 2019

Lukashenko bids farewell to Cuban president, leaves for Kazakhstan

Lukashenko bids farewell to Cuban president, leaves for Kazakhstan

MINSK, 24 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has accompanied Cuban President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to the airport after the latter finished his official visit to Belarus.

The heads of state shared impressions of the visit. Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed hope that Miguel Diaz-Canel will come to Belarus again and again. The Belarusian leader said he will also go to Cuba upon the invitation of the Cuban head of state. “You should know that you are very good friends of ours. Your values and spirit have always been a good example for us. Therefore you can always count on our country,” the head of state said.

The Cuban president, in turn, expressed gratitude for a warm welcome. “I have a feeling that I have known you for many years. We have felt very welcome here and I will cherish very good memories about it. I am convinced that it will become a milestone in our relations,” Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez said.

“We are even more determined to move forward now. Our cooperation plans will be more specific. We have learned a lot from you, too. The heroic history of the Belarusian people has always been an example for us. The things I have seen and the things we have discussed made me think of some new projects I want to bring to life,” the Cuban president said.

The official talks between the two heads of state took place a day before. The parties are determined to utilize all the opportunities to give momentum to bilateral cooperation. The governments of Belarus and Cuba were tasked to work out a joint action plan by December.

“At present our cooperation in the commercial field is impeded by some temporary factors we have agreed to overcome in the near future. We have also worked out joint solutions that will advance the bilateral trade to the level that is appropriate for strategic partners,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said following the talks.

“We can do it. We should not be discouraged by objective and subjective difficulties. They have always been and will remain in Cuba and Belarus and other states. Our mission is to overcome them. That was the focus of our talks with the Cuban president,” the Belarusian leader emphasized.

The head of state added that as soon as the parties embark on the implementation of the short-term cooperation roadmap, he will go to Havana to discuss further cooperation prospects. “You can count on Belarus. We are reliable partners. We have always been and will remain so for Cuba,” Aleksandr Lukashenko underlined.

Several minutes after bidding farewell to the Cuban president, the Belarusian head of state went to Kazakhstan for an official visit. A day before, Nur-Sultan welcomed a big Belarusian delegation consisting of business people, company chiefs, ministers and government members. They are taking part in business meetings and official events.

A reminder, the Belarusian head of state is expected to hold talks with Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Nur-Sultan. The two leaders are set to discuss interstate relations with the focus on the expansion of trade and economic cooperation. The presidents will talk over the prospects of expanding industrial and economic cooperation, including collaboration in agriculture, transport and logistics, the petrochemical sector, and IT, the press service of the Belarusian head of state said. 

At the recent meeting with the Kazakhstan president in Yerevan, Aleksandr Lukashenko said that Belarus is determined to dramatically deepen cooperation with Kazakhstan. The head of state believes that his visit to Kazakhstan will pave the way for a new stage in bilateral relations. “We have put forward a number of proposals concerning trade in sensitive products between our countries and have also invited Kazakhstan to buy shares in our largest enterprises which are among the top companies in the world. This proves that we trust you very much,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

In January-August Belarus-Kazakhstan trade exceeded $630 million. The distribution network of Belarusian enterprises in Kazakhstan includes more than 40 companies with Belarusian capital and more than 170 dealer network entities. Seven joint ventures assembling Belarusian machinery and equipment were set up in  Kazakhstan.

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