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Lukashenko: Kazakhstan is attractive and promising partner for Belarus

ASTANA, 29 May (BelTA) - Kazakhstan is an attractive and promising partner for Belarus, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana on 29 May, BelTA learned.

“Bilateral relations have been increasingly vibrant. The issues are addressed promptly not only at the level of the presidents. Our experts and governments work well too," said the President of Belarus.

Alexander Lukashenko also noted the success of the recent visit of Kazakhstan Prime Minister to Belarus. “I met with him, discussed a lot of issues. The delegation travelled to all the corners of Belarus. The Prime Minister stayed a little longer in our country. We appreciate it,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

“Kazakhstan is the most attractive, promising partner for Belarus. Kazakhstan is planning a lot of projects which we can contribute to, and you welcome our involvement. We are willing to take part in modernization projects in your country. In fact we are already doing it. We have quite a few projects and we have encountered no major issues while implementing them. This indicates the level of our cooperation,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

With regard to the Single Economic Space Summit in Astana, the Belarusian President noted that the parties must take several steps to push forward the integration association, which is not only talked about but which is reckoned with. "We very much hope that having similar positions on many issues, we will be able to reach a consensus today," added the Belarusian head of state.

In turn, the President of Kazakhstan stressed the importance of the summit which is set to consider all the issues and the ways to address them.

As for Kazakhstan-Belarus partnership, Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the bilateral trade has been steadily increasing. The countries implement joint projects. The economies of the two states are complementary. Nursultan Nazarbayev has invited Alexander Lukashenko to pay an official visit to discuss development of bilateral relations.

In 2012 Belarus-Kazakhstan foreign trade in goods and services exceeded $1 billion. Mutual trade showed a 14.5% increase as against 2011. Belarusian exports to Kazakhstan rose by almost 20%. The implementation of 13 projects regarding the assembling of Belarusian equipment is underway in Kazakhstan.