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28 May 2020, 12:29

Lukashenko's contribution to Belarus-Serbia cooperation described as historic

Veljko Kovacevic
Veljko Kovacevic

MINSK, 28 May (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Serbia to Belarus Veljko Kovacevic believes that Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has made a historic contribution to the advancement of cooperation between the two countries. The ambassador made the relevant statement as he met with the Belarusian head of state on 28 May, BelTA has learned.

The ambassador said at the beginning of the meeting: “Your finding time to receive me with a farewell visit is a great honor for me.” Aleksandr Lukashenko responded: “It may be a farewell visit as an ambassador. You can always come to Belarus as a person.”

Veljko Kovacevic told Aleksandr Lukashenko: “What you and the former president of Serbia [Tomislav] Nikolic, and the current president Aleksandar Vucic have done to bolster and advance Belarus-Serbia relations is of historic importance.”

Serbia is the only European country Belarus has signed a free trade agreement and a visa-free travel agreement with. In 2019 Belarus-Serbia trade totaled $148.6 million (100.4% as against 2018), with export at $80.6 million and import at $68 million.

Assembly lines to make MTZ tractors and MAZ buses operate in Serbia. The successful projects include the shipment of 33 fire trucks based on MAZ chassis to the Serbian Internal Affairs Ministry. Apart from that, work is in progress to organize the delivery of a large shipment of buses and trolleybuses made by MAZ to Belgrade. Ten companies with a share of Serbian capital operate in Belarus.

Apart from that, Belarus and Serbia interact well in the international scene.

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