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24 November 2022, 15:14

Belarus hands over humanitarian aid to Syria

MINSK, 24 November (BelTA) - A humanitarian cargo was handed over to the Syrian people as part of the visit of the Belarusian government delegation to Syria, BelTA has learned.

It included medicines, children's clothes and footwear.

The humanitarian cargo amounted to about 2,300kg.

Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Syria is developing in the difficult conditions of economic sanctions against Syria, the destruction of transport and social infrastructure, the acute shortage of financial resources of the Syrian government and a decrease in the purchasing power of the country's population. In 2021, the trade between Belarus and Syria amounted to $8.2 million (up by 41.3% year-on-year), exports totaled $7.6 million (up by 47.9%), imports - $0.6 million (up by 6.1%). Belarus had a surplus of $7.0 million.

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Belarus' major exports to Syria are defense and security products, milk powder, whey, medicines, tractors and truck tractors. The country's imports are olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts, coffee. There is also a joint Belarusian-Syrian commission on trade, economic and technical cooperation, the meeting of which was last held in January 2022.

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