Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is expected to fly to Minsk with an official visit this week, representatives of the Venezuelan embassy in Belarus told the media.
The visit was confirmed after the information appeared in the Russian news outlets.
The information about Maduro’s visit to Belarus had appeared in a report of the TASS news agency with the reference to the EFE news agency on Tuesday, 3 October.
According to the source, before flying to Belarus Nicolas Maduro will visit Russia for the international forum Russian Energy Week 2017. In Russia the President of Venezuela is expected to meet Vladimir Putin.
“I also intend to meet the President of Belarus. We will re-activate the mixed commission,” Maduro was quoted as saying.
“We will touch upon cooperation in housing construction, industrial development, and trade with Belarus.”
The visit to Belarus will last one day, the Venezuelan embassy in Belarus said. In particular, Maduro will take part in the opening of a Simon Bolivar monument in the namesake public garden in Minsk on 5 October.
The government of Venezuela has repeatedly indicated the intention to strengthen relations with allies, including Russia, China and India. This is especially important after the USA imposed financial sanctions against Venezuela.
In January-July 2017 Belarusian exports to Venezuela reached 5.2 million U.S. dollars, while during the same period of the previous year export figures were minor.