Armenia, Belarus interested in the deepening of cooperation

Karen Ghazaryan

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has arrived in Armenia for an official visit at the invitation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

The official welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace was followed by a meeting of the Presidents of the two countries and negotiations in the extended format with the participation of the official delegations. Upon the outcome of the talks, the parties signed a number of documents targeted at the development and deepening of cooperation between Armenia and Belarus in the fields of agriculture, nuclear energy, trade, sport and others.

The Presidents of Armenia and Belarus made a statement for the press. The two said they hope the documents will boost the development of bilateral ties.

“The regular meetings with the President of Belarus within the framework of the CSTO, CIS and EurAsEC summits provide an opportunity to discuss and solve all issues on Armenian-Belarusian agenda. The high-level reciprocal visits ensure progress in interstate relations,” President Serzh Sargsyan told reporters.

The Armenian President said he briefed his Belarusian counterpart on the process of negotiations on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. “I stressed once again that the people of Artsakh want an opportunity to live free on their historic land,” he said, adding that the position of the Armenian side is unchanged. “We stand for peaceful settlement of the conflict.”

President Lukashenko of Belarus said, in turn, that Belarus is ready to support Armenia on any question.

Friendly Armenia is an important and close partner in the South Caucasus, Lukashenko said, adding that the development of relations with Armenia is a long-term foreign policy and economic priority. According to him, there are no closed topics for the two countries.

“There is a solid basis for the development of the Armenian-Belarusian dialogue – mutual sympathy, friendly and reliable relations on all levels – from presidents to people,” the President of Belarus said.

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