May 292015

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif affirmed on Friday that Pakistan is desirous of enhancing its collaboration with Belarus in the field of defence.

“I am pleased with increased exchanges held between the two countries lately,” PM Nawaz told President Lukashenko at a meeting held at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.


The Belarusian president arrived on May 26 for a two-day state visit. PM Nawaz welcomed President Lukashenko at the Nur Khan Airbase, and a 21-gun salute was presented as his plane landed. He was due to arrive earlier this week, however, his trip had been delayed due to the death of his mother. On Friday’s meeting, the premier offered his condolences to President Lukashenka.

Read: President of Belarus arrives in Islamabad on two-day state visit

He emphasised on the need to further increase the frequency of the bilateral visits.

“Pakistan is keen to forge closer ties with Belarus in all fields including trade, economy, defence and culture,” the premier said. ”Your visit will act as a catalyst in developing strong political and economic relations between the two countries.”


“We also need to encourage increased contact between our parliamentarians as it can build a cordial environment for the people of the two countries,” the prime minister added.

Speaking about the bilateral trade volume, the premier said that it stands at $60 million and needs to be increased substantially.


“We need to establish close interaction between the respective chambers of commerce and industry to boost bilateral trade and investment,” he said. “There is a great scope for increasing the economic relations in the fields of textile, agricultural equipment, heavy machinery, tyres, pharmaceuticals, dairy products and transport.”

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Due to the friendly relations between Pakistan and Belarus, a resident mission was established by Belarus in Islamabad in November 2014.

The trip marks the first ever visit by a Belarusian president to Pakistan.

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