Belarus, Italy pledge to enhance business ties

MOSCOW, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Monday that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's visit to Minsk was eloquent support of Belarus in the international arena, Russian news agencies reported.

"We consider your country as a privileged partner and are ready to create the most favorable conditions for the development of bilateral relations," Lukashenko said during talks with Berlusconi.

Belarus is willing to cooperate with Italy in all fields, including trade, economy, investments, banking, transport, logistics, as well as science and technology, the president said.

The agreements reached between the two countries will lay a solid foundation for expanded economic and investment cooperation, he said.

Berlusconi, for his part, said much more could be done to cement bilateral ties.

"I agree that we can give an impetus to our trade and industrial relations," the Italian prime minister said.

He described an agreement on economic cooperation signed during the visit as "a positive step" in bilateral relations.

Berlusconi's day-long visit to the former Soviet republic came in response to Lukashenko's visit to Rome in April.


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