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Belarus wants to develop economic relations with Israel.

“There is neither Israeli bank nor Israeli investment in the banking sphere in Belarus, and it is a great shortcoming of our relations,” Piotr Prokopovich, the head of the Belarusian Central Bank, told the RTVI TV channel.

The Belarusian Central Bank will be discussing economic cooperation with the State Bank of Israel, Prokopovich said, adding that the banking sector in Belarus is attractive for foreign businesses. Prokopovich also said that Minsk is interested in attracting Israeli investment in industry, agriculture and other spheres.

Belarus also wants to develop ties with Israel in tourism. Tours in Belarus may be interesting to Israeli travelers, Prokopovich said, since several Israeli leaders were born in Belarus. He noted, for example, current President Shimon Peres and the country’s first president, Chaim Weizmann.

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