Belarus, Pakistan sign Islamabad declaration of bilateral partnership

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Belarus and Pakistan have signed the Islamabad declaration of bilateral partnership. The document was signed at the meeting of President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif on 29 May as part of the official two-day visit of the Belarusian head of state to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Islamabad hosted official talks in the narrow format and with the participation of the delegation members. The President of Belarus invited Pakistan to set up production facilities in the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park which will house production facilities of the world’s leading companies. “We invite your companies to set up production facilities in this technology park. We will create necessary conditions for that. There are unprecedented tax preferences in the park,” the Belarusian leader said.

The Belarusian side would like Pakistan to set up modern sewing and textile facilities in Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed. “You have huge experience in this field. We have a good platform. We are ready to establish modern production facilities in the center of Europe with you,” the Belarusian head of state said.

“Your products made at these enterprises, our joint products will sell well. These are the goods which we do not have in the former Soviet Union space and which we import from various countries. I think that your products will be competitive on the European market,” the Belarusian President believes.

The negotiations in Islamabad were fruitful. The parties discussed cooperation in all areas, including trade, industry, agriculture, investments, culture, and education. The parties also talked over the possibility of strengthening the ties between the people of Belarus and Pakistan.

The parties also discussed the issues of regional and global cooperation. They agreed to intensify interregional ties and continue cooperating in international organizations, including the United Nations, to make today’s world more democratic, efficient, and effective.

“Belarus views Pakistan as one of the leaders in the Islamic world. It is not good that this country is not represented in the center of Europe,” the President stressed. In this respect the sides agreed to build the Pakistani Embassy in Minsk.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan accepted the invitation of Aleksandr Lukashenko to pay a visit to Belarus. After the talks the Belarusian head of state said that a big delegation of Pakistan led by the Prime Minister may visit Belarus in August. The Belarusian capital will also host a session of the business council of the intergovernmental commission to analyze the agreements reached during the recent visit of the Belarusian head of state to Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan attaches great importance to the development of cooperation with Belarus. “Belarus is an important country for us, and we place great importance on our relations with Belarus,” Nawaz Sharif said.

A big delegation of Belarus comprising ministers, businessmen, heads of large state-owned and private organizations arrived in Pakistan. Agreements on the establishment of joint ventures to produce necessary commodities in the two countries were reached during the visit of the Belarusian delegation to Pakistan. As part of the visit the sides signed a package of 20 documents aimed at enhancing cooperation in manufacturing, agriculture and food, science and technology, investments, information and communications, education.