Laos and Belarus signed a number of agreements on development of bilateral cooperation in different fields following the talks between Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Lao President Choummaly Sayasone in Minsk on July 1.

According to Russia’s news agency ITAR-TASS, the parties signed an agreement on friendly relations and cooperation, an inter-governmental document on making and protecting investments and deals on double taxation avoidance, scientific and technical cooperation, and educational contacts.

Additionally, the leaders of both countries discussed measures to further intensify trade and cooperation in machinery, agriculture, the exploitation of mineral resources, petro-chemistry and pharmaceutics.

“Despite the fact that we have experience in certain spheres, one can say we’re only taking first steps. Much should be done to reach the high level in our relationship that Laos develops with other countries,” Lukashenko said at the talk.

Lao President Choummaly Sayasone’s June 1-3 visit to Belarus aims to promote bilateral relations.

The two countries have established diplomatic ties since 1994. Last year, they saw their two-way trade of 11 million USD.-VNA