Iranian Industries Minister to Visit Belarus Next Month

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Industries and Mines Ali Akbar Mehrabian is scheduled to pay an official visit to Belarus in early May, an Iranian diplomat announced on Sunday.

Iranian Ambassador to Minsk Seyed Abdullah Hosseini told FNA that Mehrabian will visit the east European state in Mid-Ordibehesht (May 1 to 11) to meet with senior Belarusian officials on economic and industrial ties and cooperation.

The Iranian minister is slated to inaugurate a copper wire production plant, called 'Rhythm', during the trip, the ambassador added.

The copper needed for the plant is supplied from the Sarcheshmeh mines in Iran's southeastern province of Kerman.

According to the envoy, attending a ceremony to mark the official start of the implementation of the phase 2 of Samand passenger car production project in Belarus has also been included in Mehrabian's itinerary during the trip to Minsk.

Samand is an Iran-made passenger car produced by Iran's state-owned Iran Khodro, the largest carmaker in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, with an annual production of more than one million vehicles of various models, including cars, trucks, minibuses and buses.

IKCO is also ramping up exports as it builds a global presence outside Iran. Iran Khodro Company has exported Samand's sedan model to Russia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Senegal, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The Iranian ambassador further pointed out that Mehrabian will also likely attend another ceremony during the visit to mark the start of construction of an Iran-Belarus joint cement production plant with an annual production capacity of 1 mln tons.


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