Belarus, Serbia agree to boost trade ties

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-03 22:50:45|Editor: yan
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BELGRADE, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Serbia and Belarus should aim to strengthen economic ties building upon their excellent political cooperation, the presidents of the two countries agreed at their meeting here on Tuesday.

In talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko highlighted potentials for stronger cooperation in trade, agriculture, the food industry, science and education.

Lukashenko, who arrived here on Monday for a two-day official visit, was welcomed by Vucic at the Palace of Serbia, where they held a meeting and a press conference.

Describing Serbia's political and economic relations with Belarus as excellent, Vucic pointed out that these two small countries mutually support each other in making their own choices and deciding their own future.

"This visit of President Lukashenko represents a significant impetus for the development of our bilateral economic relations, as our political relations are extremely good," Vucic said, according to the press release of his cabinet.

He said that Serbia and Belarus can further enhance their economic cooperation and reach the targeted annual trade exchange value of 500 million U.S. dollars.

"We had very good and fruitful talks and we discussed possible cooperation in all spheres of social life, as well as the improvement and increase of trade," he said.

Stressing the importance of intensive political dialogue and economic cooperation, Lukashenko praised Vucic's role in improving bilateral relations.

He pointed out that the priority of bilateral ties should be to harness all potentials of economic cooperation and further develop trade exchanges.