MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Meeting with Chairman of Georgian Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze
20 November 2017
The Belarusian-Georgian trade turnover can reach $200 million, Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Chairman of the Parliament
of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze on 20 November.
“It is feasible to reach the target of $200 million in the
Belarusian-Georgian trade, this figure is tangible,” the head of state said. “We
will have about a half of this amount this year.”
The delegation of the Belarusian government has recently visited Georgia and
attended the session of the joint intergovernmental commission on economic
cooperation. According to the President, further steps to advance
Belarus-Georgia interaction have been determined.
“As for politics, I am very grateful to you. In spite of a certain
difference in focus points, we maintain absolutely fraternal relations with
each other,” Alexander Lukashenko said. “I know what it costs for Georgia but you have always supported Belarus in an
honest and sincere way since the time of Mikheil Saakashvili. And when everyone
was set against Belarus
he was openly speaking about our country in a warm and positive manner, about
our people and even the Belarusian President although it was not popular back
According to the President, the current government of Georgia is building its relations with Belarus in a
comprehensive way and does not conceal it from anyone. “Time has changed. But
this dimension of times and improvement of our relations with the West, with America is the merit of Georgia to a
large extent. We are very grateful to you for this,” the head of state said.
He stressed that there are no contradictions and misunderstanding
regarding political processes between the two countries, the evaluation of the
international agenda is the same. “Moreover, we are always ready to meet each
other halfway,” the head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko also thanked the Belarusian side for the delivery
of pharmaceutical products to Belarus.
Belarus, in turn, helped Georgia
extinguish a forest fire.
“Of course, these are just episodes, but they show that our countries
are building trustworthy atmosphere around bilateral relations,” Alexander
Lukashenko is convinced.
He also spoke in positive terms about the visit of the Georgian
parliamentary delegation to Belarus
because the enhancement of parliamentary contacts creates a good foundation for
the trade and economic relations. The head of state encouraged MPs to learn
more about the development of the agrarian sector in Belarus in view of the expected
progress in this field and the Belarusian machine-building and car-making
potential. Tractors adapted to Georgian conditions are already produced in Belarus. Apart
from that, Alexander Lukashenko mentioned the production of cars jointly with
the Chinese company Geely.
The President invited the Georgian delegation to study Belarusian wood
processing practices and the achievements of the potash industry.
“We do not hide anything. If you want to visit defense industry
enterprises, we will show our military equipment,” Alexander Lukashenko added. “I
hope that Belarus
will make an impression on you. It is
very important for you and for us.”