Friday, September 10, 2004

Belarus, Iran sign cooperation documents

Belarus, Iran sign cooperation documents: "Belarus, Iran sign cooperation documents
Minsk, Sept 10, IRNA -- The Republic of Belarus and the Islamic Republic of Iran on Friday signed six cooperation documents in Minsk in the presence of the two countries' presidents.


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Mutual cooperation between Iran and Belarus in customs, security, cultural, agriculture and natural disasters are included in the documents.

Belarussian President Aleksandr Lukashenkov and his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami signed the statement for mutual relations' principles.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami arrived in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday evening and was officially welcomed by President Aleksandr Lukashenkov here on Friday.

President Khatami is scheduled to deliver a speech for Belarussian academicians and university professors at the republic's Academy of Sciences later on Friday.

The president is in Minsk on the second leg of his three-nation tour of the regional countries which first took him to Armenia and will also take him to Tajikistan at the end of the visit to Belarus.

Khatamihails Belarus position on promoting dialogue

Minsk, Sept 10, IRNA -- Visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said here Friday that Belarus, due to its vicinity to western Europe, could play an effective role to promote dialogue between civilizations.

In his formal talks with his Belarussian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenkov, Khatami stressed that Iran considers as important expansion of its relations with Belarus.

Touching upon Iran's exclusive exhibition held in Belarus by private sector, Khatami added "We have to make further efforts to remove the obstacles and expand mutual relations."

Iran-Belarus cooperation secures interests of the two countries, said Khatami, adding it is also effective to restore peace and justice across the world.

Iranian president rejected all types of terrorism around the world, saying the brutal terrorist attack happened a few days ago in southern Russia, killing innocent people, was explicit bitter terrorism.

Violence and terrorism should be condemned throughout the world, said Khatami, adding "The country which has successfully confronted Nazism, can confront injustice, terrorism, war-mongering and violence in a successful way. We agree this kind of policy adopted by Belarus."

In the meeting, President Lukashenkov expressed his satisfaction over the visit by Iranian delegation to Minsk, saying "This visit is a turning-point in bilateral relations between the two countries."

He referred to his private talks with President Khatami and stressed that the two countries are interested in enhancing mutual trade cooperation.

Lukashenkov attached significance to the agreements signed here Friday between Iran and Belarus, saying "We cooperate based on international relations and interests of the two nations. Besides, our mutual cooperation is not in contrast to any other country's interests."

He appreciated Khatami's concern on Belarussian people fighting against Fascism, and confirmed Iran's policy over the issue.

"We condemn colonialistic policies that on the pretext of fighting against terrorism impose pressure on some countries," said Lukashenkov.

After the talks, President Khatami paid tribute to the unknown soldier of Belarus and laid a wreath on his tomb.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami arrived in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday evening and was officially welcomed by President Aleksandr Lukashenko on Friday.

President Khatami is scheduled to deliver a speech to Belarussian academics and university professors at the republic's Academy of Sciences later on Friday.

The president is in Minsk on the second leg of his three-nation tour of the regional countries which first took him to Armenia and will also take him to Tajikistan at the end of his visit to Belarus."

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