ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday held a meeting with President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, who started his two-day visit to Pakistan yesterday.
During the meeting at the Prime Minister House, the premier extended condolences to President Lukashenko over the death of his mother two days ago, which was also the reason why the Belarusian president delayed his visit to Pakistan until May 28.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told President Lukashenko that Pakistan is keen to forge closer ties with Belarus in all fields including trade, economy, defence and culture.
“Your visit will act as a catalyst in developing strong political and economic relations between our two countries,” the premier told the Belarusian president.
The prime minister said he was pleased with the increased exchanges between the Pakistan and Belarus in the recent past and there was a need to further increase frequency of bilateral visits.
“We also need to encourage contacts between our parliamentarians as regular interaction among them is beneficial for creating an environment of cordiality and friendship between the two peoples,” the premier said.
He said the current bilateral trade between the two countries standing at $60 million is not commensurate with its potential and needs to be substantially increased.
“We need to establish close interaction between the respective chambers of commerce and industry as these will boost bilateral trade and investmen,” he told the visiting delegation.
Belarusian delegation attending the meeting included: Deputy Prime Minister Semashko Vladimir, Minister for Foreign Affairs Makei Vladimir, Assistant to the President Bryliov Valery, Head of National Academy of Science Gusakov Vladimir, Minister of Industry Vovk Vitaly, Minister of Agriculture Zayats Leonid, Head of the State Military Industrial Committee Gurulev Sergei, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus Ermolovich Andrei, Director of Machinery Holding “Amcodor” Shakutin Aleksandr, Director of Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Miatlikov Mikhail, Dy Chairman Mogilev Regional Executive Committee Nekrashevich Viktor, Director of Belarusian Light Industry Concern Efimchik Nikolai, and Director of “Minsk Tractor Works” Domoteko Fedor.
Those attending the meeting from the Pakistan side included: Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid, Advisor to the prime minister on National Security Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi, Chairman Board of Investment Mifta Ismail, and Secretary Foreign Affairs Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.
After delegation-level talks, the two sides held a joint press conference.
Addressing the press conference the prime minsiter said, “?I am happy to be standing here with my distinguished visitor from the Republic of Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko who is in Pakistan on the first ever Presidential visit from this beautiful country.”
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