Minsk, Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko will pay a visit to Pakistan in October where he will hold talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, reports spokesman of President here on Thursday.
This was decided during a meeting between President Alexander Lukashenko with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Syed Tariq Fatemi who is currently on an official visit to the Belarus.
During their meeting, Mr. Tariq Fatemi conveyed the greetings and personal regards of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the President. He thanked the President for the warm welcome accorded to him and for the comprehensive talks that he had held with the Belarus Foreign Minister a day earlier. During the meeting, the two sides had held a detailed exchange on various issues of bilateral interest, especially the forthcoming visit of President Lukashenko to Pakistan.
In his remarks to the media, prior to the meeting, President Lukashenko spoke of his great satisfaction at the manner in which Belarus and Pakistan had succeeded in establishing close and meaningful ties in the short period of two years. He stressed that Belarus viewed Pakistan as a sincere friend because of which the two countries had been able to establish a relationship of trust and confidence. Cooperation between them was also deepening in all sectors and its benefits would soon be felt by the peoples of the two countries. The President also reiterated that Belarus-Pakistan relations were now an important factor in promoting peace and stability in the region.
“I am glad to see you, the representative of my good friend. I am glad that some time ago I not only met with Nawaz Sharif. We have established very close and friendly relations. 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.
Alexander Lukashenko emphasized 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,” the Belarusian head of state said. “I will meet with him in October,” the President said and added that the meeting will be a substantial one. During it the sides will discuss many issues, including those concerning future prospects.
“We would like, and Nawaz Sharif told me about it, 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 cooperation. This is our priority for the future,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The President also deemed it necessary to discuss the relations of Pakistan and Belarus with third countries. “For example, we have excellent relations with China and Russia. We can get huge benefits from this cooperation and also do good for these countries,” the head of state added.
Syed Tariq Fatemi, in turn, extended warm greetings to the President of Belarus. The sides talked in Russian without a translator. “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.