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16 April 2024, 09:00

FM discusses plans to expand Belarus’ economic presence in Algeria

Photo courtesy of Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Photo courtesy of Belarus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs
MINSK, 16 April (BelTA) – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Aleinik met with Chairman of the People’s National Assembly of Algeria Ibrahim Boughali on 15 April, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The parties discussed the entire bilateral agenda, as well as the international situation. It was noted that there can be no diplomacy or politics without sustainable trade and economic cooperation. In this regard, priority attention was paid to promising cooperation projects, primarily in the agricultural industry, food production, engineering and public utilities sector. They also touched upon food security and cooperation in science and technology, education and tourism.

The parties pointed to the similarity of their countries’ positions on most pressing issues of the international agenda, including the need for a more just world order, the inadmissibility of unlawful pressure and interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states and the need to respect the diversity of development paths.

Special attention was paid to parliamentary diplomacy. The foreign minister told the Algerian side about the outcomes of the parliamentary elections in Belarus. The parties confirmed their interest in expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation, which would include the creation of friendship groups and mutual exchanges of visits.

Sergei Aleinik discussed priority avenues of cooperation in industry with Minister of Industry and Pharmaceutical Production of Algeria Ali Aoun. The parties discussed plans to assemble Belarusian equipment. These plans are to be thoroughly discussed in the coming months. They agreed in principle to consistently expand the presence of Belarusian industrial enterprises in Algeria. At the same time, the Belarusian side was invited to use Algeria as a gateway to the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The Algerian side praised the high quality of a number of Belarusian medicines and expressed interest in cooperation in the pharmaceutical field. An agreement was reached to establish direct contacts and set up working groups to work on specific areas of cooperation.

Ali Aoun accepted the invitation to visit Belarus and confirmed plans to meet with his Belarusian counterpart in the near future, to study the industrial potential of Belarus and continue negotiations.
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