Belarus: Lukashenko touts shared political vision with Turkey's Erdogan in Minsk

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed in Minsk on Friday to boost trade and economic relations between the two countries.
Lukashenko started the talks by pointing out that both leaders “have virtually no political differences”. He went on to say that “trade and economic relations fall behind our personal and inter-state relations a little”, but Turkey and Belarus are still making “good progress”. Erdogan concurred saying he believes that the two countries “will be able to raise the level of trade” to one billion dollars within a short space of time, as “there are many areas for cooperation”.
Before the talks the Turkish leader was officially welcomed by the Belarusian President and a military honour guard at the Independence Palace. Both presidents are scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque in Minsk, as well as taking part in the Belarusian-Turkish business forum.
Erdogan's visit to Minsk had been scheduled for the summer but it was cancelled due to the coup attempt in Turkey in July.