Belarusian President launches his visit to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 2 / Trend E. Ostapenko /

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will pay official visit to Baku June 2 and hold the first meeting June 3, the presidential press-service told Trend.

Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belarus Ali Nagiyev told media May 25 that during Lukashenko's visit to Baku two leaders plan to discuss a wide range of issues. It is expected that the presidents will consider cooperation in energy sphere. Nagiyev said that specialists of Azerbaijan and Belarus have already discussed this topic.

Baku hosts the sixth session of the inter-governmental Belarusian-Azerbaijani commission on trade and economic cooperation chaired by the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyyubov and Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov.

"I think our relations will get a new impetus of development", the speaker of the House of Representatives of the Belarusian National Assembly Vladimir Andreychenko said at a meeting with the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation in Minsk.

Andreychenko said that Belarus is pleased with the relations with Azerbaijan. "It is very important that, despite the economic crisis in the world, our turnover did not reduce, but even increased a little in 2009," the speaker said.

According to the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee, trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Belarus amounted to $120,4 million in 2009.

Azerbaijani parliamentarians confirm their readiness to support Belarusian colleagues in a dialogue with European institutions, Chairman of the Commission on International Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations of the Azerbaijani Parliament Samad Seyidov said, Interfax reported.

He said that during the visit to Minsk Azerbaijani parliamentarians are willing to share experience, nuances, aspects, features of the work in the European organizations with Belarusian colleagues.

"Today we observe the similarity of our interests on many fronts," Seyidov said.

Alexander Lukashenko paid an official visit to Azerbaijan in May 2007. Then a treaty of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and a package of agreements on cooperation in various fields were signed. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev paid an official visit to Minsk in November last year.


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