Belarusian leader will visit Iran

TEHRAN - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has announced that he will visit Iran.

During a meeting with Iranian Industries and Mines Minister Ali-Akbar Mehrabian on Thursday in Minsk, Lukashenko stated that he is planning to visit Tehran to hold talks with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the coming months.

The Belarusian president referred to Iran's copper wire production factory inaugurated recently in Belarus and expressed hope that more such projects would be implemented in the future.

The implementation of these joint projects would lead to the expansion of ties between the two countries, he added.

Earlier in the week, Merabian attended the inauguration ceremony of Iran's copper wire production factory in Belarus.

The project comes on stream at the cost of $8 million. The Iranian private sector has funded the costs.

The unit is projected to produce 12,000 tons of copper wire in the first year which will be raised up to 50,000 tons in the second year.

The Iranian minister also discussed economic ties with Belarusian Minister of Industry Alexander Radovic on Thursday


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