Alexander Lukashenko and Hugo Chavez sign joint Belarus-Venezuela declaration.

Alexander Lukashenko and Hugo Chavez have signed today a joint declaration between the Republic of Belarus and Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela after the negotiations in Minsk.

The declaration seals up long-term partnership between Belarus and Venezuela. The document is aimed to strengthen support and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

In presence of the two presidents intergovernmental cooperation agreements in science, technology, energy and petrochemistry were signed as well.

The parties also signed memoranda of understanding in the area of political consultations between foreign ministries of Belarus and Venezuela, in the area of agricultural cooperation, as well as between Belarusian state committee of science and technology and Venezuelan ministry of science and technology.

According to the information provided by the foreign ministry, Belarus and Venezuela are allies in the international arena. The countries have similar views on key international issues.

Belarus and Venezuela speak for observation of principles of the international law, ensuring of UN coordination and leading role in the context of implementation of the UN Millennium Declaration.

Both the parties have been defending their national interests vigorously renouncing any attempts of outside pressure.

Belarus and Venezuela favour multipolar world order, observation of principles of the international law, UN coordination and leading role in settling issues on the international security and development.

[Source: Belarusian Telegraph Agency, 24Jul06]

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