Working visit to Uzbekistan
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko paid a working visit to Uzbekistan.
In Samarkand the Belarusian head of state met with Acting President of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Together they laid flowers at the tomb of Islam Karimov at the Hazrat Khizr cemetery. Those present observed a minute of silence to pay tribute to the first President of Uzbekistan.
Then Aleksandr Lukashenko went to the Palace of Forums where he laid a wreath at the photo of Islam Karimov. He also talked to Islam Karimov’s widow Tatyana Karimova and expressed his condolences to her family.
At the Palace of Forums Aleksandr Lukashenko held a meeting with Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The sides agreed that Belarus and Uzbekistan have a huge potential for the development of trade and economic cooperation.
“We need to step up our relations, economic cooperation. I am convinced that in the near future, within 1-3 years, we will definitely boost our bilateral trade. There is a huge potential. We need you, you need our economy,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “Therefore, we will make arrangements and specify the details of our official visit when you form the government and hold the presidential election.”
The President said that his official visit to Uzbekistan should have begun today. “I did not choose this moment in advance. On board the plane I looked through my schedule and saw that I was going to meet with Islam Abdulganiyevich [Karimov] here on 6-8 October to discuss current issues,” the head of state noted. “Of course, this visit should have been held in a different way, but the life goes on. Our main objective is to do our best to intensify the relations between the nations of Belarus and Uzbekistan. And we will do it. It will be a good tribute to him.”
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in turn, thanked Aleksandr Lukashenko for the arrival to Samarkand and for the sincere support that the head of state and Belarus provide to Uzbekistan. “Belarus is our reliable, sincere, and long-standing partner, a friendly country,” the Prime Minister stressed. “The existing trade turnover does not satisfy us. We should find the areas of common interest to increase it.”