MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) - Belarus and Iran need to unite efforts in order to maintain their economic positions, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said as he met with Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber on 22 November, BelTA has learned.
“We need to unite our efforts in all areas to maintain the economic positions of Belarus and Iran and to create conditions for further sustainable development. Moving on to specific areas, one of the main objectives of our visit is to reach an agreement on a draft road map of our cooperation. Such a task was set by the presidents of the countries during the meeting in Samarkand. Our leaders agreed to approve this document at the presidential level after its coordination by the prime minister of Belarus and the first vice president of Iran,” said Roman Golovchenko.
According to him, during the visit of the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs to Tehran in October, the Belarusian proposals were handed over to the Iranian side, and the Iranian proposals were received a little earlier. “Now this draft document has a systematic and concrete form. It contains a specific algorithm of actions for the development of trade, investment projects, promotion of contacts between agencies of the countries at all levels,” the prime minister said.
According to the Belarusian head of government, if the proposal is supported, the parties will be able agree on the approaches laid down in the draft road map of all-round cooperation between Belarus and Iran for 2023-2026.
In January-September 2022, trade between Belarus and Iran skyrocketed nine times year-on-year to total $63.6 million. Exports surged 4.4 times to $48.6 million; imports went up by 41.8% to $ 5 million. Belarus had a trade surplus of $33.6 million.