Meeting with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Syed Tariq Fatemi

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko plans to pay a visit to Pakistan in October where he will hold talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The issue was discussed at the meeting of the Belarusian leader and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Syed Tariq Fatemi on 25 August.

“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.

Aleksandr 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,” Aleksandr 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.