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Belarus, Venezuela eager to build up cooperation within two years

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus and Venezuela are eager to build up cooperation within two years, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko told reporters after the negotiations with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on 5 October, BelTA has learned.

“Unfortunately, the Venezuela president and I stated that the export-import ties of Belarus and Venezuela are lagging behind the previous level due to many reasons which do not depend on Venezuela and Belarus. But the potential of the two countries gives us an opportunity to bolster our relations, including in the economy and trade. You know my character and the character of Nicolas [Maduro]. We will do it. The first results will be seen within two years, within five years we will try to solve existing problems,” the president stressed.

Alexander Lukashenko deemed it necessary to develop cooperation in education, science and technology. “We can build plants, promote other sectors of the economy, but if there are no qualified specialists who will work at these facilities, there will be no victory. Therefore, while developing the real production sector in Venezuela, we should step up efforts to train specialists,” the head of state said.

During the talks the side also discussed a number of promising joint projects which will guarantee the participation of Belarusian specialists in the development of construction, agriculture, machine building, oil and gas industry, other sectors of the Venezuelan economy.

The president remarked that Nicolas Maduro pays a lot of attention to the cooperation of Belarus and Venezuela. “He understands all these processes and problems which, of course, exist in the relations of any states. But these are not the problems which can impede our cooperation and development,” the Belarusian leader is convinced.

In November Belarus and Venezuela will hold a session of a joint commission to work out a roadmap of joint activities. “We will find our place in this new development of Venezuela's industry and will be able to play a significant role in helping Venezuela overcome current difficulties,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The head of state added that every country has difficulties today, but the government's commitment can help find solutions. Nicolas Maduro has such character, Alexander Lukashenko said. “I am convinced that the Belarusian-Venezuelan relations have great prospects. Together we will solve existing problems because we know how to do it and in what direction to move,” the president said.