Belarussian president to visit Indonesia

Belarussian President Aleksander Lukashenko is slated to visit Indonesia later this year in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties, primarily in economy and technology, an Indonesian envoy said Monday.

Belarussian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov will prelude the visit with a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Hassan Wirajuda here this summer to discuss preparations for the high- level visit.

The date of the visit has not been specified, but it might take place at the end of the year, said Hazairin Pohan, Indonesian Ambassador to Belarus and Poland.

An Indonesian delegation has visited Belarus earlier this year to discuss preparations for the first meeting of the Indonesian- Belarusian Joint Commission for Economic and Technological Cooperation scheduled in Minsk this autumn, Pohan was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Both countries have been in talks for cooperation in investment, taxation and technology since 2004 and the signing of agreements on these areas was scheduled during Lukashenko's visit, he said.