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07 May 2021, 18:03

Lukashenko, Erdogan discuss economic relations between Belarus, Turkey

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MINSK, 7 May (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko had a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

The heads of state discussed the state and development of bilateral trade and economic relations. Earlier, during the meeting in Ankara, the parties agreed on the main priorities, namely to increase bilateral trade to $1.5 billion and ensure a balance in trade. Today, the presidents confirmed these plans and agreed to assist their implementation.

In general, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to approach all issues of bilateral relations comprehensively, to work them out in detail with the participation of ambassadors and other government officials. The relevant topics will be discussed at the next meeting of the joint intergovernmental economic commission due in October. The issue of organizing a second investment forum is under consideration.

The heads of state exchanged views on current issues of the international agenda and regional issues.

The presidents also discussed the pandemic response in Belarus and Turkey, the current situation and the vaccination campaign. Aleksandr Lukashenko informed his counterpart about the production of the Belarusian COVID-19 vaccines.

The parties also talked about Belarus-Turkey cooperation in telecommunications, including prospects for cooperation with the Turkcell Holding.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended Victory Day greetings to Aleksandr Lukashenko and the Belarusian nation. For his part, the Belarusian president extended Ramadan greetings to the Turkish president and the Muslim population of that country.

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