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12 October 2022, 11:16

Makei: Belarus, Tajikistan identify key areas for deeper cooperation

Vladimir Makei
Vladimir Makei

DUSHANBE, 12 October (BelTA) – Belarus and Tajikistan have identified areas for deeper cooperation, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei told journalists in Dushanbe, BelTA has learned.

According to Vladimir Makei, the level of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries lags behind their political relations. The fault lies not so much with the two countries, but rather with external developments: the pandemic, a radical confrontation, international conflicts. This affects trade and economic relations between many countries.

“It was important to identify the points of growth and the most promising avenues of cooperation that would help us make significant progress in our relations. We have managed to do it. We have determined very specifically how we should move forward,” the minister emphasized.

Following the talks between the presidents of Belarus and Tajikistan in Dushanbe, a cooperation development roadmap until 2026 was signed. “It lists 38 tasks related to our interaction in various areas,” the foreign minister said.

Simultaneously with Aleksandr Lukashenko's visit to Dushanbe, the Belarus-Tajikistan business forum was held in the capital of Tajikistan. Belarusian enterprises signed contracts worth almost $50 million, although the expected amount of agreements slightly exceeded $30 million.

Belarus and Tajikistan also agreed to develop existing joint ventures and set up new ones.

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