MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) - Belarus and Azerbaijan are bound by strong ties of friendship and partnership, Belarus' Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said as he met with outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Belarus Latif Gandilov on 30 July, BelTA has learned.
“Belarus and Azerbaijan enjoy strong ties of friendship, partnership and cooperation, which are backed up by words and deeds. The trade has been posting very good figures: despite the pandemic, mutual trade went up almost 1.5 times in 2020 compared to 2019 and almost doubled in January-May 2021. We have a lot of projects in the pipeline. Azerbaijani business is widely represented in Belarus,” said Roman Golovchenko.
The prime minister noted that Latif Gandilov has been representing Azerbaijan in Belarus for almost five years. “You have made a great contribution to the development of bilateral relations, helped maintain the high dynamics of cooperation and joint projects. Your diplomatic tenure coincided with a very active stage of cooperation between our countries. We are grateful for your services to this work,” he said.
Ambassador Latif Gandilov noted that the trade between the two countries has been growing at a good pace. "I think that this year we will hit very good figures," he said. "Trade in agricultural and food products is very good accounting for a significant share of the total trade." Cooperation in the oil industry has been gaining momentum, too.