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08 December 2022, 15:23

Lukashenko arrives in Bishkek for EAEU summit

BISHKEK, 8 December (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has arrived on a working visit to Kyrgyzstan. The aircraft with the Belarusian head of state on board landed at Manas International Airport, BelTA has learned.

In Bishkek Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to take part in a summit of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The agenda of the EAEU summit will include some 20 issues. The heads of state will discuss the development of cooperation projects in industry, the formation of common markets, work to remove obstacles and barriers to mutual trade, the main areas of international activity in 2023 and others.

Official events of the EAEU summit are scheduled for 9 December. Before that the presidents of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan will have a bilateral meeting. Aleksandr Lukashenko and Sadyr Japarov will meet in the evening of 8 December for an informal dinner.

Kyrgyzstan is a traditional partner of Belarus in Central Asia. According to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Kyrgyzstan Andrei Strachko, last year the trade between the two countries reached almost $100 million, with Belarusian exports accounted for 88% of it. In 2022, it is expected to grow by one and a half times.

"This year we are working quite successfully too. Export continues growing. But this year we see a trend (something we have long been striving for): supplies from Kyrgyzstan to Belarus have begun to grow. Kyrgyzstan is our reliable and friendly partner, and we have always wanted not only to sell more. We wanted our partners to supply more goods to Belarus too. We import dried fruits, wool, and radiators, which is their main product," the ambassador said.

Today, the two countries are seeking not only to build up trade, but also to make joint products. Belarus and Kyrgyzstan have already outlined the key areas: assembly of transformers together with the Kozlov Minsk Electrotechnical Plant and elevators jointly with Mogilevliftmash.

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