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Iran-Belarus cooperation roadmap will change the future: Raeisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko shake hands following a meeting in Sa’dabad Palace in the Iranian capital Tehran on March 13, 2023.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi says a cooperation roadmap agreed between Iran and Belarus during a state visit to Iran by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will change the future of relations between the two countries.

Raeisi made the remarks in a joint press conference with Lukashenko in Tehran’s Sa’dabad Palace where top government officials from Iran and Belarus signed eight agreements under a cooperation roadmap which marked 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two counties.

The agreements were on trade, transportation, agriculture and mining, among others, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency.

“Today and after 30 years of friendly relations, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Belarus have planned a comprehensive agreement to expand their strategic relations in various fields,” said Raeisi, adding, “It will definitely lead to a different future.”

The Iranian president said that Iran and Belarus had taken some fundamental steps over the past one and a half years to raise the level of bilateral cooperation, adding that the current state of economic and trade relations between the two is incomparable to the past.

He said Iran and Belarus can use regional blocs like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) as a platform to boost their economic and trade ties.

Iran and Belarus are observer members of the SCO while Belarus is a key member of the EAEU. Iran is in the final stages of joining the SCO as a full member while it is in talks to sign a free trade agreement with the EAEU.

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