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Chavez says joint projects with Belarus ‘remain in force’

MINSK, 4 October (BelTA) – In a meeting with Viktor Sheiman, the aide to the President of Belarus on special matters, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez confirmed his commitment to continue the implementation of joint Belarusian-Venezuelan projects that include the construction of plants to produce Belarusian tractors and trucks in Venezuela, BelTA learnt from the Embassy of Venezuela in Minsk. The meeting took place as part of a working visit of the Belarusian delegation led by Viktor Sheiman to Venezuela from 27 September to 3 October.

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela emphasized the importance of success achieved so far in cooperation with Belarus. “Everything that is going on in the political, economic and cultural areas is important to us,” said Hugo Chavez. He confirmed Venezuela’s intention to continue joint projects to produce Belarusian tractors and other automotive equipment. According to the Venezuelan leader, the two plants that are to be soon commissioned will manufacture five types of tractors.

While in Caracas, the Belarusian delegation took part in a meeting of the Belarusian-Venezuelan joint high-level commission. The meeting participants discussed a wide range of issues including oil production, gas supply and energy, industry, science and technologies, housing construction.