DUSHANBE, 16 September (BelTA) – Iran and Belarus have always found ways towards success regardless of the international situation. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with Iran President Ebrahim Raisi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 16 September, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated Ebrahim Raisi on a recent victory in the presidential election first.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Regardless of the development of the circumstances in the world Iran and Belarus have always found the ways that led us to success.”
During the meeting Aleksandr Lukashenko and Ebrahim Raisi paid close attention to foreign sanctions. The head of state noted that Belarus has always had to live with sanctions but sanctions did not produce any effect for those, who introduced restrictive measures against the country. The same is true for the situation with Iran.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed: “If sanctions did harm Belarus, Iran, other countries, it happened only because we were to blame for it. We couldn't always make deals, we didn't always find the way we should have followed in conditions of the pressure of sanctions. This is why everything is in our hands.”
Ebrahim Raisi noted that Belarus demonstrates good accomplishments in social and economic development, which means the country successfully handles foreign pressure and will overcome all the difficulties. “Americans themselves always admit that the policy of maximum pressure does not work. We believe that sanctions cannot slow down Iran's progress,” he stated.
During the meeting it was noted that the level of bilateral relations clearly does not match the potential. The ministers of foreign affairs will soon update the roadmap that will guide Belarus-Iran cooperation. It will affect not only trade and economic cooperation. Belarus and Iran are interested in strategic cooperation and are intent on enabling favorable conditions for advancing the relations across the board.
The presidents stated they would be happy to meet in Tehran and in Minsk the next time. Even more so since Ebrahim Raisi has already been to Belarus as a deputy chief justice of Iran. He also met with the Belarusian leader back then.
In any case the heads of state agreed to make positive steps forward noticeable and to get all the problems resolved ahead of the next meeting.