Fundamentally ready and prepared for visit

Alexander Lukashenko plans to pay a visit to Pakistan in October

Alexander Lukashenko plans to pay a visit to Pakistan in October. The President plans to hold talks with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — as discussed at the meeting of Mr. Lukashenko with the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Syed Tariq Fatemi.


Nawaz Sharif
“I am glad to see the representative of my good friend. I am very pleased that I established very close and friendly relations with Nawaz Sharif at our previous meeting. We do not have any personal disagreements. We have the same views on many issues, including political and economic ones. We have laid the foundation of future relations between Belarus and Pakistan,” the President said. Mr. Lukashenko emphasised that Belarus is proud of the friendly relations with such a powerful and influential state as Pakistan. “There are no alien topics for me in Pakistan. We are concerned about the situation in Pakistan, about the development of this country. Nawaz Sharif also told me that Belarus is important for him,” he added. “We plan to meet in October,” Mr. Lukashenko said, noting that the meeting will be significant.

“We would like our political and personal relations to rely on a solid trade and economic basis. Belarus and Pakistan are complementary states. We need to promote this economic co-operation. This is our priority for the future,” Mr. Lukashenko said, also noting that it is necessary to discuss the relations of Pakistan and Belarus with third countries. “For example, you have excellent relations with China and Russia. We can get huge benefit from this co-operation and also do good for these countries,” he added.

Syed Tariq Fatemi, in turn, extended warm greetings to the President of Belarus. The two sides spoke in Russian without a translator. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif respects and likes you. He asked me to convey his best wishes. Your visit will be an important historical event in our relations. We are convinced that it will help advance our relations to a higher level,” he said.

Belarus and Pakistan boast a high level of political interaction. The embassies of both countries opened in Belarus and Pakistan in 2014-2015. In May 2015, Mr. Lukashenko traveled to Pakistan on an official visit. The Prime Minister of Pakistan visited Belarus in August 2015. Representatives of ministries and agencies also exchange visits. The legal framework of bilateral relations was expanded in 2015.

During top level visits, the sides signed 58 documents, including the Islamabad Declaration of Belarus-Pakistan Partnership, an agreement on friendship and co-operation, and a roadmap of bilateral co-operation for a five-year period. The countries hosted business and investment forums, signed contracts to the tune of $95 million. The bilateral trade reached $56.3 million in 2015, Belarus posted a trade surplus of $31.1 million.

By Vladimir Khromov
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