Iran Ready to Export Oil to Belarus

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Minsk Seyed Abdullah Hosseini announced Tehran's preparedness to provide Belarus with oil supplies.

"Russia and Belarus are our friends. If Belarus makes a demand, we will help," Hosseini said in a press conference in Minsk, mentioning the possibility of Iran's oil exports to Belarus.

Asked about possible cooperation between Tehran and Minsk in the field of nuclear energy, he said that Iranian and Belarusian officials have not discussed the issue.

Meantime, Hosseini underlined that "there in no limit in our cooperation. If there is a demand, we are ready to provide help in any field" for our Belarusian friends.

He also declared that direct flights between the two capitals would start in August.

Tehran and Minsk have in recent months increased efforts to start a jump in mutual cooperation.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in December that Tehran and Minsk were laying the foundations for broader ties and intended to promote relations to the highest level possible.

Also Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Sidorskiy in a meeting with Iran's Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani in November urged the Iranian side to increase the volume of trade cooperation with Minsk.

Noting that the current volume of economic cooperation between Tehran and Minsk stands at about $100mln, Sidorskiy reiterated that the opening of the second Iranian Bank in Belarus should help boost the volume to $1bln.

The National Bank of Belarus registered two Iranian banks, namely the 'Onerbank' and 'Trading Capital Bank (TC Bank)', respectively in October 2009 and December 2008.

The Belarusian official also expressed satisfaction over his country's joint investment with Iran in the car industry as well as oil, petrochemical and development projects.


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