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22 November 2022, 17:01

PM: Belarus is open to active dialogue with Iran

MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) - Belarus is open to an active dialogue with Iran on all fronts, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said during his official visit to Iran on 22 November, BelTA has learned.

“Today during the talks with my counterpart, Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, we have found solutions to many issues and reached serious, solid agreements. The governments and ministries of the two countries clearly understand what they have to do in the near future, in the coming months in order to bring cooperation between the two countries to the level it deserves,” Roman Golovchenko said.

According to him, this year the two countries have significantly expanded the level of cooperation in many areas, from trade to goods and cargo flows. “We still need to take a number of steps, hold a number of events, conclude a number of documents so that we can realize the full potential that the two countries have in industry, science and technology,” the prime minister said.

“I am confident that by joint efforts of all countries that do not tolerate economic diktat, illegitimate pressure, sanctions, we can come out of this situation stronger - with a stronger economy, our own goods and technologies that we are going to develop and produce independently, in partnership with our friends,” the Belarusian head of government said.

According to Roman Golovchenko, Belarus is ready and open to an active dialogue and the development of cooperation with Iran in all the areas. “We have clarified these areas today. There is a huge window of opportunity, which we have to use to make our industry stronger, our people richer, and our political system more robust,” the prime minister said.

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.

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