Syrian president's visit to Belarus serves interests of both countries: advisor

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's visit to Belarus serves the interests of both Syrian and Belarus, the Syrian Presidential Political and Media advisor Buthaina Shaaban affirmed Tuesday.

"The talks reflected the two sides' determination to achieve concrete steps regarding boosting bilateral relations. Nowadays, the world seeks Belarus for its important role and recognizes Syria's pivotal role in the Middle East," the Syrian official news agency SANA quoted Shaaban as saying.

Belarusian Minister of Economy Nikolai Snopkov said Tuesday Assad's visit to Belarus will give new impetus to relations between the two countries and will bring these relations to a new typical level through achieving tangible steps for carrying out the joint projects, said the report.

Belarus' location gives it strategic significance as it represents an important transport hub between Eastern and Western Europe.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday kicked off a two-day official visit to Belarus to hold talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

Syria and Belarus signed a document during the 5th session of the Syrian-Belarusian Joint Committee held in Damascus in 2009.


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