Belarus, Syria, Venezuela ready to improve tripartite coop - Lukashenko

MINSK, July 26 (Itar-Tass) - President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus, Syria and Venezuela are ready to improve cooperation in the tripartite format.

"During my visit to Venezuela, Hugo Chavez proposed me to improve tripartite cooperation," Lukashenko said after an expanded meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday.

The Belarusian president said the foreign ministers were informed to meet and prepare the tripartite meeting. "The presidents of three countries will gather in Damascus in order to coordinate trends of cooperation." According to Lukashenko, such agreements exist in Belarus, Syria and Qatar.

Lukashenko praised "the Syrian president's visit, which will give a serious impetus to bilateral relations". "Today we've tried to shake up our relations in order to increase trade turnover between the countries several-fold. To this end, we should sign new contracts," he said.

In his words, the parties have certain ideas. "We are ready to develop relations in all fields due to the fact that we have no closed issues for cooperation. This regards military-technical cooperation, economic interaction, including in agriculture, he added.


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