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Belarus, Azerbaijan eager to export merchandise to third countries together

MINSK, 29 August (BelTA) – President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev have reached an agreement to aim for the joint merchandise export to third-country markets. The idea was touched upon at the meeting of the heads of state at the national airport Minsk on 29 August, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “We would like to jointly enter markets of other countries, including neighboring ones, via Azerbaijan in Caucasus where respect for the country is high. We would like to bring Belarusian, Azerbaijani, and jointly manufactured products to markets of other countries in the region. It would be a major breakthrough and will generate massive profits”.

Ilham Aliyev backed the idea. “We are interested in it because in a certain time our market will be fully satisfied by domestic manufacturers. We have set the goal of entering foreign markets. The export potential issue will be very urgent if we want to continue developing. And naturally we want it. Belarusian-Azerbaijani joint ventures will be export-oriented,” said the President of Azerbaijan.

Ilham Aliyev said: “I welcome your decision on priority cooperation between Belarus and Azerbaijan. There are all the prerequisites for that. Together we can do a lot,” believes the Azerbaijani leader.

He underlined that export to third countries will be discussed at the next session of the Belarusian-Azerbaijani trade and economic commission that is scheduled to take place in Baku next year. Participants of the session will discuss the arrangements made in Minsk at the top level and will analyze the possibility of entering third-country markets together, remarked Ilham Aliyev.