MINSK, 27 March (BelTA) - Belarus seeks to bring relations with Zimbabwe to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik told the media after talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Zimbabwe Frederick Shava in Minsk on 27 March, BelTA has learned.
“Our road may not be easy, but we are focused on the implementation of all agreements without exception. There are all preconditions for us to reach the concrete results of cooperation in the near future. Our cooperation relies on an equal basis. We do not set any conditions for each other. We do not try to impose any artificial agenda,” Sergei Aleinik said.
The minister stressed that the Belarusian-Zimbabwean relations are developing on the basis of friendship, mutual trust and interest. “I hope that in the near future we will be able to bring these relations to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership,” the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs said.
Following the recent state visit of the Belarusian president to Zimbabwe, the government has approved the roadmap for the implementation of the reached agreements. The document includes 65 events in various areas: policy and diplomacy, trade and economy, agriculture, military and technical sector, healthcare and medical science, investments, energy, equipment supplies and maintenance. Belarus will also continue its participation in the program to modernize and mechanize agriculture in Zimbabwe.
“We have discussed the possibility of expanding the geography of cooperation: not only bilateral cooperation, but possibly trilateral formats of cooperation with Zimbabwe's neighboring countries,” Sergei Aleinik added.