President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan desires to build a broad based, substantive and long-term relationship with Belarus in all fields including trade, economic, education, defence, and culture.

President Mamnoon Hussain said this in a meeting with the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in Islamabad on Saturday night.

President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan desires to build a broad based, substantive and long-term relationship with Belarus in all fields with focus on trade, economy and defence.

He expressed these views at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Islamabad last night.

The two dignitaries first had one on one meeting which was followed by delegation level talks.

Welcoming the President of Belarus to Pakistan on his first visit, President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan values its relations with Belarus and both countries and both countries are desirous of strengthening them further.

The President said Pakistan offers excellent opportunities to foreign investors with investment-friendly environment and a huge market of over 180 million people. Belarusian investors can seize the incentives provided by the Government of Pakistan in the Special Economic Zones.

Mamnoon Hussain hoped that upcoming Pakistan-Belarus Joint Economic Commission meeting in Minsk will be beneficial for enhancing trade and economic relations between the two countries.

He said there is great scope of increasing bilateral relations in the fields of textile, agricultural equipment, heavy machinery, pharmaceuticals, dairy products and transport.

Speaking on the occasion, President of Belarus said his country is also keen to expand cooperation and partnership with Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest for further cementing the bilateral ties.

President Alexander Lukashenko offered to provide assistance in procuring land and construction of Pakistani embassy in Belarus.

He also extended an invitation to President Mamnoon Hussain to visit Belarus, which President Mamnoon Hussain accepted.

Later, President Mamnoon Hussain hosted a state banquet in honour of his Belarusian counterpart.


Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko arrived Islamabad on Thursday on two-day state visit to Pakistan at the invitation of the President Mamnoon Hussain.  

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif welcomed the visiting dignitary at Nur Kahn Airbase.

Twenty-one gun salute was presented to the President of Belarus as his plane landed at the Airbase.

Two children wearing traditional dress presented flowers to the visiting dignitary.

This is the first ever visit by a Belarusian President to Pakistan.

A number of important agreements and Memoranda of Understanding are expected to be signed during the visit.

Belarus established its resident Mission in Islamabad in November last year.

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