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31 January 2023, 14:26

Lukashenko: We go to Africa to work for the benefit of the people of Zimbabwe

HARARE, 31 January (BelTA) – Belarus is intent on working together with the leadership of Zimbabwe for the benefit of the people of this country. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement after negotiations with Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We deeply respect and are grateful to the people of Zimbabwe. I'd like to emphasize that we go to Africa not for the sake of bringing some illusive democratic values. We go in order to work together with your leaders for the benefit of the people of Zimbabwe.”

The head of state noted that as part of the program launched in 2020 to mechanize Zimbabwean farmers Belarus has supplied over 1,800 tractors and about 80 grain harvesters. These machines helped ensure the country's food security. “But it is just the beginning. We've launched the third phase of the program to the tune of over $66 million. It provides for shipping over 3,700 tractors, 60 harvesters to the local agrarians within the next 1.5 years,” he noted.

Fire trucks of Belarusian make are now being shipped to local municipalities in Zimbabwe. Apart from that, BelAZ haul trucks are already successfully used in Zimbabwe. “We have agreed we will soon ship to you over 30 BelAZ haul trucks, which will work in Zimbabwe,” the president said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that aftersales service and maintenance of Belarusian machines and vehicles are also offered in Zimbabwe.

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