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Iran’s FM to visit Belarus on 5-7 March

MINSK, 5 March (BelTA) – Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi will be on a visit to Belarus on 5-7 March, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

On 6 March, the Iranian Foreign Minister will meet with his Belarusian counterpart Sergei Martynov.

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.