Belarus is ready to provide Georgia with favorable conditions for business and offers new joint projects. The country's president Giorgi Margvelashvili is now in Belarus on official visit. On March 1, he was greeted at the Palace of Independence by President Alexander Lukashenko.
The Heads of State met in 2015 in Tbilisi during Alexander Lukashenko's official visit. Many of the agreements achieved back then have been fulfilled.
Relations between the two countries have acquired the friendly and partner-like tone. The leaders agreed to bring trade turnover to $200 million in the near future.
By the end of 2016, Belarus-Georgia trade amounted to a record high figure in the last five years - more than $70 million. This is 1.5 times more than in 2015. Belarus and Georgia presidential talks began with a tete-a-tete dialogue.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We have achieved a breakthrough in our relations literally in a few years' time. Today, we are half-way there although there should be further progress in trade. We once agreed to hit a figure of $200 million - this is only the first step in our relations. The rate of turnover growth with Georgia is the biggest. Belarus does not have a similar growth with any other country. Moreover, the growth is very serious even against the background of the Eurasian Economic Union, which we, unfortunately, are falling. Here we are gaining. Of course, the amounts are not comparable, but the trend is very encouraging. I'm talking about the turnover because it is the foundation of our relations. And we are building the foundation.
I feel that we have good relations. On this basis we are ready for any kind of cooperation with Georgia, with the Georgian people.
We are always happy to welcome and are glad to see Georgian citizens in Belarus and provide them here for full support and cooperation, in tourism, business, and just in travels, if there is such an interest.
Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia:
After your visit to Georgia really, opportunities for business and cultural relations have improved. We are grateful for your visit, which gave impetus to new opportunities. Naturally, Georgia understands and supports Belarus. We are delighted by the achievements that we have seen in Belarus and we know about them, primarily in agriculture, high technologies and industry development. We would very much like to look at this experience and develop cooperation in these areas.
After talking tete-a-tete the Presidents will be joined by their delegations. They include heads of key ministries and departments, as well as business representatives.
They will discuss the prospects of development of relations in various sectors. As a result they are expected to sign several documents.