Belarusian Parliament ratified an agreement on friendship and cooperation between Belarus and Azerbaijan on 16 November, ITAR-TASS reported.
The agreement which was signed in May this year is intended to provide legal basis for relationships between the two counties, which are based on sovereign equality principles, respect for human rights, and non-intervention to internal affairs, Belarusian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vasiliy Pugachev said when presenting the document to MPs. "Azerbaijan wants to develop political, trade and economic cooperation with Belarus, and supports the country in the international scene."
In 2006, trade turnover between Belarus and Azerbaijan increased by 24% as compared to 2005 and made up some $36mln, and in January to September 2007 it exceeded $62mln, he said.
Supply of agricultural equipment to Azerbaijan, establishment of joint tractor and automobile production is among prospective directions in bilateral cooperation. Azerbaijani fuel and power field represents a special interest for Belarus, Pugachev said.