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Belarus, Venezuela presidents say both countries must return to previous cooperation level

Belarus and Venezuela need to take a decisive step forward in the development of relations, said Alexander Lukashenko on October 5 at the talks with the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Nicholas Maduro.

The two leaders met in the Palace of Independence.

Communication between the heads of state began with a one-on-one meeting during which Alexander Lukashenko and Nicholas Maduro designated the main directions for further work.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Dear Nicholas! I am glad to welcome you here in Belarus, in a country that is friendly to Venezuela. I think, dear President, there is no need for me to talk about our feelings for the Venezuelan people, to you personally - we have more than a decade of history of relationships. We have always cherished feelings of the highest gratitude and respect for you, your people, and your state.

You and I had a great mutual friend Hugo Chávez, who, unfortunately, is no longer with us. I think that the essence of our current meeting with you is that we need to resolutely make a good new step forward in the development of our relations. We are ready for this.

Nicholas Maduro, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela:
I'm very pleased to be here. We know you are among our real friends. Venezuela is taking new steps in the economy. In this work, Venezuela and Belarus should identify concrete areas for cooperation. We have already had great successes, we want to restore these achievements step by step. And we came with a hope to do it.

Representatives of delegations then joined the heads of state. The parties will consider the widest range of issues. Among them is the implementation of bilateral projects, the work of joint assembly production, the development of cooperation in the agricultural, construction, oil and gas spheres.

On October 5 Nicholas Maduro is expected to take part in the opening ceremony of a monument to the national hero of Venezuela Simon Bolivar in Minsk.

Belarus, Venezuela presidents say both countries must return to previous cooperation level