MINSK, 20 May (BelTA) – Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei had a telephone conversation with Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney on 20 May. The conversation was initiated by the Irish side, BelTA learned form the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The ministers stressed the importance of joint efforts in combating the spread of coronavirus infection. Vladimir Makei thanked the Irish charities that continue to support Belarus as part of Chernobyl cooperation programs, paying special attention to the protection of the most vulnerable people from Covid-19,” the press service informed.
The ministers expressed satisfaction with the positive momentum in bilateral trade and economic cooperation in 2019 and discussed the ways to foster it in the future. The parties also discussed cooperation between Belarus and Ireland in the UN and international financial institutions.
According to the ministry, trade in goods and services between the two countries more than doubled in 2019 as against the previous year and amounted to $326.6 million. Compared to 2018, export of goods and services increased by 2.2 times and amounted to $155.5 million. Irish partners show a particular interest in computing and IT services, goods of metallurgical and chemical industries, innovative products.