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Belarus looks forward to Azerbaijan president's visit

Politics 21.09.2018 | 18:19
Ilham Aliyev in the Minsk National Airport. An archive photo
Ilham Aliyev in the Minsk National Airport. An archive photo

MINSK, 21 September (BelTA) – Belarus looks forward to a visit of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev. Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko made the statement during the solemn session held in Baku on 21 September to mark the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani parliament, BelTA has learned.

The head of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament underlined that Belarus is genuinely glad to hear reports about accomplishments of Azerbaijan, which is a friendly country and a strategic partner. “The experience of bilateral and multilateral cooperation indicates that Belarus' and Azerbaijan's interests coincide on the whole. They are based on the will of the two nations to advance equal mutually beneficial cooperation through reliance on traditional national values in the name of freedom, peace, and prosperity,” said Vladimir Andreichenko. “The Belarus president believes that the availability of such a format allows implementing projects of the largest caliber. We have many confirmations of it today. At the same time it is an inexhaustible source of new opportunities.” Vladimir Andreichenko he hopes that the forthcoming visit of the Azerbaijan president would open a new page in bilateral relations. Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev is expected to visit Belarus this year.

Minsk will host the second conference of the OSCE PA Silk Road Support Group in spring 2019. The first one was held in Baku. According to Vladimir Andreichenko, the forum is open to all the interested parties. In his words, Belarus will be happy to welcome as its participants not only parliamentarians and representatives of government agencies, but also representatives of the private sector.

Vladimir Andreichenko is taking part in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani parliament upon the invitation of the Azerbaijani side. While in Azerbaijan Vladimir Andreichenko met with Speaker of the Azerbaijan Parliament Ogtay Asadov. Apart from that, Vladimir Andreichenko met with the heads of parliaments of Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, and Sudan. The sides reached agreements on advancing interparliamentary cooperation, the harder work of the groups created in the parliaments to advance bilateral interparliamentary cooperation and agreements on assisting with the enhancement of interstate trade and economic ties and manufacturing ties, representatives of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus told BelTA.

Parliamentarians from over 30 foreign countries as well as representatives of international parliamentary organizations are taking part in the festivities.

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