Sudanese lawmakers in Belarus to boost bilateral ties

Feb 18, 2007 (MINSK) - A delegation of Sudanese lawmakers, led by National Assembly Speaker Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tahir, arrived in Minsk on February 18. The delegation was met by Uladzimir Kanaplyow, chairman of the House of Representatives, in the national airport.

Speaking to reporters in the airport, Al-Tahir described the purpose of his visit as strengthening the bilateral relationship, the Belarus BelaPAN reported.

Kanaplyow, for his part, noted that "any visit always has a meaning, the more so as our country conducts a multi-vector policy." "We have recently attached a great importance to Non-Aligned Movement countries, with which we're developing both close political and economic relations," he said. "Sudan is a country that has good mineral resources that Belarus needs."

The chairman of the lower parliamentary house said that Belarus was ready to supply tractors, trucks and other products to the African country.

The Sudanese parliamentary speaker is scheduled to hold talks with Kanaplyow and Henadz Navitski, chairman of the National Assembly's Council of the Republic, as well as Prime Minister Syarhey Sidorski on February 19. He will meet with Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Foreign Minister Syarhey Martynaw and Defense Minister Leanid Maltsaw the following day.

Al-Tahir also is expected to visit several industrial enterprises, visit the Brest region and meet with Interior Minister Uladzimir Navumaw during his six-day visit.