Alexander Lukashenko emphasized, in Harare, that “Mozambique is the largest country in the neighborhood, with a coastline of a thousand kilometers and it is an agricultural country, and it requires a lot of investment in agriculture.”
After negotiations with Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, Lukashenko said Emmerson Mnangagwa had shown willingness to help, thanks to “good relations with Mozambique’s leaders.”
“We will soon discuss how to transfer the experience of cooperation between Zimbabwe and Belarus to Mozambique,” added the Belarusian head of state, on the second day of the three-day official trip.
On Tuesday, the two countries signed several trade and cooperation agreements, which provide for more agricultural equipment and implements to be provided to Zimbabwe, to avoid double taxation and to promote mutual recognition of academic degrees.
Lukashenko also offered to sell potash fertilizers to Zimbabwe, adding that despite Western sanctions, Belarus “managed to sell large quantities of fertilizers.”
“There are countries ready to cooperate with Belarus,” the president said.
Belarus has come under fire from Western countries for an increasingly violent crackdown on dissent, for holding elections many observers found lacking in transparency and for allowing the territory to be used as a base for Russian forces to attack Ukraine.
Belarus and Zimbabwe voted last year at the United Nations General Assembly, along with 12 countries, including Iran and North Korea, against imposing sanctions on Russia for the damage caused by its invasion of Ukraine.
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