Ahmadinejad stresses ties bolstering with Belarus

Havana, Sept 16, IRNA

Visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Friday stressed the importance of all-out bolstering of ties with Belarus.

Ahmadinejad, who is currently in Havana, Cuba, to attend the 14th summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) developing nations, met with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on the sidelines of the summit.

He said Iran and Belarus enjoy common stances on various issues, and urged the two sides to further boost their volume of exchanges given their huge bilateral potential.

He praised Belarus as an "independent state whose president has brave stances on international developments," and added that the Islamic Republic of Iran sees no obstacle to expansion of ties with Belarus in various commercial, trade and industrial areas.

He proposed establishment by the two countries of joint commissions to discuss and implement joint projects.

Lukashenko, for his part, expressed his country's support for Iran's principled stances on international developments despite continuing US pressure.

He added Iran and Belarus have coordinated stances on international issues.

The Belarussian president stressed the importance of implementing agreements already signed by the two countries and called for further bolstering of their bilateral cooperation to promote common interests.