Lukashenko: We have strong positions in Arab world 11:40, 04/02/2005
“We find many common interests in the Middle East and we have strong positions in the Arab world in general. We feel support here, the Arab world has never let us down,” Aleksandr Lukashenko told reporters on February 3 before his departure from Beirut after a state visit.
The Belarusian leader stressed that Belarus does not have any “closed” topics in relations with Lebanon, Syria and other countries in the region. He added that the relations are strictly in line with the international law.
Mr. Lukashenko noted that the Middle East has a heightened interest in Belarus because it was one of the first former Soviet Union countries to surpass its Soviet-era level of economic development.
The Belarusian leader said his government sought to attract investment and loans from Lebanon.
Lebanese President Emil Lahud escorted Mr. Lukashenko to the Beirut airport.
During the visit, the sides signed agreements on cooperation in the sphere of tourism, international road passenger and cargo carriage and in fighting crime.
Apart from the president, Mr. Lukashenko held talks with Lebanon’s parliamentary speaker and prime minister.