Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, during which they spoke with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties between their countries and discussing the international situation.
Maduro affirmed to his Belarusian counterpart that the development of a multi-polar world based on peaceful international relations is at the center of the Bolivarian project, the Presidential Press said on Twitter.
The meeting also reaffirmed that Belarus supports Venezuela politically in the international realm.
The two leaders also discussed ways to improve bilateral economic relations beyond their strong base. By 2011 total bilateral exchange had totaled US$2 billion between the two countries. Projects in development range from housing construction, automobile manufacturing, oil, and gas infrastructure.
"Belarus opens its doors to Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro and his counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko meet."
Lukashenko said that Venezuela is among its most important partners in Latin America and that the nations have a strong foundation to build on, however he also noted that due to the “complicated situation in the world” some projects have slowed down in recent years.
“Belarusian technology has been used to start making road construction machines in Venezuela. Latin America's largest brick factory has been built. Together we have built hundreds of thousands of square meters of housing for low-income families in Venezuela. It is a good foundation for our future relations. We hit the mark when we started it in the past,” Lukashenko said according to Belarus News.
“We are ready to continue this road in Venezuela together,” he continued.
President Nicolas Maduro is scheduled to inaugurate a statue of Simon Bolivar in Minsk later in the day.