Ahmadinejad officially welcomes Belarus president
(IRNA) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Monday officially welcomed his Belarus counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, who arrived in Tehran Sunday night for an official two-day visit, reports Trend.
Lukashenko arrived here Sunday night heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation. He and his was delegation were welcomed at Mehrabad International Airport here by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Commerce Minister Massoud Mir-Kazemi.
In the welcoming ceremony held at the Presidential Office, the national anthem of the two countries were played and the two presidents reviewed a guard of honor.
Ahmadinejad and Lukashenko are scheduled to hold private talks on issues of mutual interest after the ceremony.
After the two presidents hold their talks, the Iranian and Belarussian delegations will hold their first round of talks.
The Republic of Belarus, a former Soviet state, is a landlocked state in northeastern Europe with a population of 10.2 million. Its capital is Minsk.
It is bounded by Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest, by Ukraine to the south, by Russia to the east and by Poland to the west.