"Belarus and Azerbaijan have special relations": President Lukashenko meets with Ogtay Asadov


"Belarus and Azerbaijan have special relations": President Lukashenko meets with Ogtay Asadov

The principle position of the Belarusian side is in strengthening the role of CIS Parliamentary Assembly in other integrational structures. This was stated by Alexander Lukashenko during meeting with the chairman of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan.

Other sectors of cooperation have also been determined. The Belarusian head of state touched upon the issues that were discussed in Sochi at a meeting of the leaders of the CIS countries.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Pleasant Azerbaijani days in Belarus. We've recently discussed this topic with the Minister of Defense of your country. Then we exchanged views in different forms in Sochi. We spent quite a long time discussing many issues of our relations. And today I am meeting with you.

The mass media interpret my statement on the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly differently. As if Belarusians are for dispersing it, although we were the initiators of the strengthening of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly's role. And if it works as it does now, just discussing things... It's good that they meet and discuss, but there must be an effect from this. We suggested: we must strengthen the Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS, if we leave it. We know how to strengthen it. Because parliamentarism in the world is known for a long time. Forms and methods of work of parliaments are known for a long time. Choose any and adapt to the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly.

In my opinion the IPA CIS should have such a dimension as monitoring of the adopted decisions of the heads of state and government. We lack it. And in this regard, there is a need for closer contact with departments, in this case the CIS.

Why not for a certain minister or the head of the council of foreign ministers, state security come and report to a deputy what further actions we are going to take, on the main threats, how decisions are fulfilled. I think that the parliament should have certain functions to make decisions.

Ogtay Asadov, chairman of Milli Mejlis of the Azerbaijani Republic:
You policy is social, you think about the people, therefore you have such close relations. Our people always keep an eye on you. When you were visiting Azerbaijan last year and you were awarded the Order of Geidar Aliev, you said warm words about Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani people. It is a stimulus to deepen all-kind of relations with Belarus. It happens to be so. Belarus and Azerbaijan have special relations.

In the eight months of the current year Belarus’ and Azerbaijan’s commodity circulations summed up to nearly 100 million dollars. The main sector of cooperation is joint assembling of agricultural and cargo machinery. Only in the last ten years about ten thousand Belarus tractors and four thousand MAZ automobiles, buses and trailers were made in Azerbaijan. In May of the current year a trading house of Azerbaijan was opened in Minsk.