Updated at 21:04,23-03-2021

‘We were with you’. Lukashenka claims Belarus helped Vietnam in war


‘We were with you’. Lukashenka claims Belarus helped Vietnam in war
The Belarusians did help the Vietnamese people during the war, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said when meeting with Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang on Tuesday.

“I think that there is no need to speak about things uniting our peoples. We have a big history of good relations. Belarusian people have always been with you, especially in the difficult moments of your history. Every Vietnamese remembers that war and the price that you had to pay for freedom and independence. We also remember it. We were there with you at the Vietnamese soil. After that terrible war we were doing our best to help our Vietnamese brothers with the restoration of the country and its economy, the normalization of life,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka as saying.

The war in Vietnam lasted from 1957 to 1975. The Soviet Union supported the socialist regime of North Vietnam while the United States took the side of South Vietnam.

The Belarusian leader announced his intention to increase the supply of potash fertilizers, trucks, buses and mining equipment, tractors and food products to the Vietnamese market. In turn, Belarus is interested in the import of seafood, fish, rice, tea, coffee, spices, tropical fruits, rubber and other products from Vietnam.

“By the end of the year, the sides are planning to set up a joint production of MAZ trucks in Vietnam. In the future, a new production of urban buses is expected to appear,” the presidential press service quotes him.

According to the president, the representative office of MinskMetroProject company has opened in Vietnam.

“It is ready to take on projects of any complexity. Why don’t we design ‘Minsk’ metro station in Hanoi and ‘Belarusian’ merto station in Ho Chi Minh City?” Lukashenka wondered.