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13 March 2023, 11:21

Lukashenko: Belarus, Iran have realized how much they need each other

TEHRAN, 13 March (BelTA) – Belarus and Iran have realized that they should promote close cooperation, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the talks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on 13 March, BelTA has learned.

“When I gave you a lot of credit for progress in bilateral relations, especially in the last two years, I did not do that just to flatter you. To be honest, our focus, and in particular, my focus on Iran somewhat weakened at some point. I often think about this and assume that we were meant to live through this period, a period of a less intense relationship. Yet, during this period we realized how much we needed each other, how closely we should cooperate in this world,” Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized.

The president of Iran, in turn, noted that Belarus-Iran relations have been developing consistently. Yet, the last two years saw a real breakthrough. “Undoubtedly, your visit to Iran will give a serious impetus to the bilateral relations,” said Ebrahim Raisi.

In 2021, the trade between the countries exceeded $33 million, an increase of more than a third compared to 2020. Over the past year, the trade increased even more significantly: in 2022, Belarus-Iran trade hit $100 million, which represented a threefold increase.

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