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Martynov: Cooperation within NAM is important part of Belarus-Iran relations

MINSK, 6 March (BelTA) – Cooperation within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement is an essential element of Belarus-Iran relations, Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov said as he met with Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi on 6 March. The Iranian Foreign Minister is in Belarus on a visit on 5-7 March, BelTA has learnt.

Sergei Martynov expressed confidence that Belarus-Iran joint work in the Non-Aligned Movement will be an important part of cooperation, especially this year when Iran took on the presidency in the organization.

Iran is an important partner of Belarus, Sergei Martynov underlined. In his words, today’s meeting and talks will herald a new stage in the bilateral cooperation.

Belarus-Iran cooperation is diverse and versatile, because the two economies complement each other in many ways. “We will discuss ways to strengthen the two economies, enhance the prosperity of the two peoples and build peace in the regions,” the Foreign Minister of Belarus noted.

His Iranian counterpart emphasized the importance to boost the bilateral cooperation.

The diplomatic relations between Belarus and Iran ware established in March 1993. In December 1997 Belarus opened its embassy in Iran. The Iranian embassy opened in Minsk in February 2001.

The two countries have developed close political ties. Visits are exchanged on a regular basis. The two countries signed 36 interstate and inter-sectoral agreements, including a package of basic economic agreements.

Belarus’ major exports to Iran are acrylic fiber and cord. Their supplies rose by 46.6% in 2011 and made up $60.3 million. In 2011 Belarus exported trucks worth $43.1 million to Iran ($26.2 million in 2010); taking into consideration machine sets the figure stands at about $46.8 million.