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Belarus president to pay official visit to Serbia on 2-3 December

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko is set to pay an official visit to Serbia on 2-3 December, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

In Belgrade, Aleksandr Lukashenko is expected to hold talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. The two heads of state will discuss political dialogue and economic cooperation between the countries.

“The presidents will focus on the prospects to increase trade, initiatives to set up joint companies and launch investment projects. The heads of state will also take a look at the regional and world agenda, interaction in the international arena,” the press service said. The parties are expected to sign a package of bilateral documents.

Aleksandr Lukashenko is also set to meet with President of the National Assembly of Serbia Maja Gojkovic and the country's MPs.

Belgrade will host the Belarusian-Serbian business forum on these days, during which commercial contracts and agreements will be signed.

The presidents of Belarus and Serbia last met in June 2019. Aleksandar Vucic visited Minsk to attend the 2nd European Games.

During the meeting the Belarus president said that the political relations between the two countries are at the highest level. The two countries need to work more on trade. “I think we need to add more trade, more economy to the political relations to make sure our relations have a solid foundation. Serbia is not only a priority in our relations. For us it is a close country, close people. You know what Serbia is for me personally,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

In early 2019 Belarus-Serbia trade was on the rise. In January-April the trade exceeded $59 million, up 48% year-on-year. In 2018, the trade totaled $148 million.

In Serbia there is a production line to assemble MTZ tractors and MAZ buses. The two countries are gearing up to launch a joint production of Gomselmash harvesters in Kragujevac. The project is implemented to produce 33 fire engines on MAZ chassis for Serbia's Ministry of Internal Affairs. Serbia's Dana Holdings is implementing a number of big construction projects in Belarus which are Mayak Minska and Minsk Mir. There are seven Serbia-funded enterprises in Belarus.