Alexander Lukashenko to visit Georgia on April 23-24


President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will visit Georgia on April 23-24, "Georgia Online" reports with reference to the Foreign Ministry.

As stated by the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Georgia Davit Kereselidze, during the visit Lukashenko will meet with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Chairman of the Georgian Parliament David Usupashvili.

Alexander Lukashenko will visit Batumi.

Belarusian President will come to Georgia with the business delegation. According to David Kereselidze, other details of the visit are to be specified.

The fact that the President of Belarus would pay an official visit to Georgia for the first time became known in the beginning of April at the opening of the 2nd session of the Belarusian-Georgian intergovernmental commission for trade and economic cooperation. As it was reported, during the visit it was expected to sign an agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs affairs, tourism, intellectual property protection, and standardization, metrology and conformity assessment.

Over the past five years (from 2009 to 2013), the trade volume between Belarus and Georgia increased 1.7 times and exceeded 62 mln dollars. In January-November 2014, the volume of bilateral trade amounted to $ 58 mln. and increased by 1% compared to the same period in 2013.

In recent years, the relations between Georgia and Belarus haven`t always been close. When the "Rose Revolution" won in 2003 and Mikhail Saakashvili came to power, the two countries had no close high-level contacts. Sometimes Heads of both states criticized each other. However, in 2007, the Belarusian President said that he "had good relations with Saakashvili." Belarus` non-recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after the Russian-Georgian war in 2008 gave an additional impetus to the relations.

Saakashvili even congratulated Lukashenko on his victory in 2010 elections, despite the fact that none of Georgia's western partners recognized the results of those elections.

When George Margvelashvili won the presidential elections in Georgia in 2013, Alexander Lukashenko sent him an official congratulations message.

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