Meeting with first President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan
President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with first President Nursultan
Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan in the capital of Kazakhstan on 25 October.
Nazarbayev just returned home from Japan where he took part in the
emperor’s enthronement ceremony. According to him, he did not want to
cancel the meeting with the Belarus president.
“We have been through a lot, lived through very difficult times. It is
too late for us to change our preferences in friendship. I hope we will
always be friends. The world is changing, everything is changing around
us. In this situation it is very important to preserve what we have,”
said the first president of Kazakhstan.
added that, as Honorary Chairman of the EAEU, he plans to attend the
next summit of the union in St. Petersburg in December. Aleksandr
Lukashenko said that the union needs the knowledge and expertise of the
first president of Kazakhstan who was the initiator of the EAEU. “When
in Armenia I noted that we were missing you and suggested to my
colleagues that we invite you for the next meeting. Hence we issued our
common invitation to you to attend the meeting in St. Petersburg, as the
honorary chairman, to remember the old days, outline the prospects and
set the strategy,” the head of state noted.
Belarusian president also spoke about the talks with his Kazakh
counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, stressing that the parties agreed on
all issues on the agenda. Nursultan Nazarbayev also believes that the
countries need to step up cooperation and increase mutual trade. “We
have a lot to offer each other," he said. The EAEU space, the politician
added, should ease the way for bilateral cooperation, not build
obstacles. “This is not a good situation when we want to buy from you,
say, hydrocarbons, oil, but cannot reach an agreement. We have decided
that we will push our allies on both sides," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.