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Afghanistan, Belarus review progress in fulfilling cooperation agreements

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas on Friday, in which both sides discussed the fulfillment of cooperation agreements between the two countries.

“Belarus knows and highly appreciates your constructive approach to promoting cooperation between Belarus and Afghanistan, as well as your personal contribution to the implementation of our joint projects. Your visit to Belarus in August last year became an important milestone for the bilateral relations and I am glad to have an opportunity today to review the implementation of our agreements,” BelTA has quoted Rumas as saying during meeting with Abdullah.

In return Abdullah emphasized that Afghanistan traditionally has good relations with Belarus. “We cherish very good memories of Belarus,” he added.

In January-July 2018, Afghanistan-Belarus trade amounted to $21.7 million. In 2017 it stood at $29.6 million. In January-July Belarus’ export rose by 48.2% to $21.5 million. Belarus’ major exports to Afghanistan are petroleum products, tractors and truck tractors, parts and accessories to cars and tractors.

They met on the sidelines of the session of the Council of Heads of Government of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Belarus has an observer status at the SCO.

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