Venezuela, Belarus to Bolster Ties

Minsk, Sep 9 (PL) - Venezuela intends to reinforce relations with Belarus even more, said President Hugo Chavez, who concludes a two-day visit to that country on Wednesday.

After meeting with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Chavez rated what he called the first stage of bilateral links as successful, after bilateral trade in the first semester of this year surpassed 132 million dollars.

The Venezuelan leader said that despite the world economic crisis, Belarus' unemployment rate registered no increase and jobs were kept.

Chavez expressed satisfaction for new prospects in bilateral relations, and added there are no limits for mutual integration.

Meanwhile, the Belarus president highlighted the speedy development of bilateral bonds, and promised his country will accomplish the agreements reached in the last years.

Lukashenko, who offered Chavez a dinner in his honor, thanked for the Venezuelan aid to his nation, including the financial one.

Upon concluding his fifth visit to Belarus, Chavez will head for Russia, where he plans to meet with his peer, Dmitri Medvedev, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and sign deals in energy, ecology, among others.



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